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Court administrative assistant

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

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter


£24,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 39 a week

You could work

9am to 5pm

How to become

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How to become a court administrative assistant

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly 


You could take a college course before applying for work. Courses include:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration
  • Level 2 Certificate or Diploma in Legal Studies
  • T Level in Management and Administration

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level

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You could do a paralegal or business administrator advanced apprenticeship.

These take between 18 and 24 months to complete as a mix of learning on the job and study.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, 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

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • administration skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to organise your time and workload
  • excellent written communication skills
  • concentration skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • deal with enquiries from the public
  • book dates and times for court hearings
  • allocate cases to courtrooms
  • prepare lists of the day's court sessions and keep ushers informed
  • make sure that judges, magistrates and lawyers have the right paperwork for each case
  • follow up the court's decisions and issue court orders
  • take notes in court for legal advisers
  • update 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

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Career path and progression

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

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Business Apprentice

  • Wage: £11,973.00 Annually
  • Location: Not known

Business Administration Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £146.25 Weekly
  • Location: Not known

Courses In England

Certificate in Business Administration (Administration & IT) - Adult

  • Start date: 27 September 2022
  • Location: Bridgwater

Business and Administration Certificate

  • Start date: 01 September 2022
  • Location: Newport

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