Court administrative assistant

Court administrative assistants help with the daily running of courts and their supporting offices.

Average salary (a year)

£16,000 Starter

to

£21,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 39 a week

You could work

9am to 5pm

How to become a Court administrative assistant

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly 

College

You could take a college course before applying for work, like a Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration, or a Level 2 Certificate or Diploma in Legal Studies.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course

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Apprenticeship

You could do a paralegal or business administrator advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), usually including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Direct application

You could apply directly for jobs. You'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English.

Experience in a similar role like office administration will be useful. Employers will also be interested in your personal qualities and life experience.

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Further information

You can get more details about careers in the courts and tribunals service from Skills for Justice.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • administration skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • excellent written communication skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could be:

  • dealing with enquiries from the public
  • booking dates and times for court hearings
  • allocating cases to courtrooms
  • preparing lists of the day's court sessions and keeping ushers informed
  • making sure that judges, magistrates and lawyers have the right paperwork for each case
  • following up the court's decision after a hearing (like issuing court orders)
  • taking notes in court for legal advisers
  • updating the Police National Computer (PNC) and court electronic systems

Working environment

You could work in an office or in a court.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress from administrative assistant to administrative officer and then to executive officer or team manager.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

School Office Apprentice

  • Wage : £177.00 Weekly
  • Location: Bedford MK40 4HN

Administration Apprentice

  • Wage : £136.90 Weekly
  • Location: Wakefield WF4 5HE

Courses In England

Principles of Business Administration - Certificate Level 2

  • Provider: Portsmouth College
  • Start date: 01 January 2019
  • Location: Portsmouth

Business Administration Certificate 2

  • Provider: MANCHESTER COLLEGE (THE)
  • Start date: 04 September 2019
  • Location: Manchester

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