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Court usher

Alternative titles for this job include Court administrative officer

Court ushers make sure that everyone involved with a court case is present and that they know what to do.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter


£24,500 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

36 to 37 a week

You could work

evenings occasionally

How to become

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How to become a court usher

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


You could take a college course like a Level 1 or 2 Certificate in Business Administration before applying for work.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a level 1 course
  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course

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You could do a Public service operational delivery officer advanced apprenticeship.

Other apprenticeships relevant to this role also include:

  • Customer service practitioner intermediate apprenticeship
  • Customer service specialist advanced apprenticeship
  • Business administrator advanced apprenticeship

These would give you some of the customer service and business admin skills needed to do this job.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 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 at least 2 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English.

Experience in a similar role like customer service or office administration will be useful. Employers will also look at your personal qualities and life experience.

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Further information

You can find out more about careers in the courts and tribunals service from the Ministry of 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
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • customer service skills
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • 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:

  • collect and deliver legal paperwork to the courts
  • prepare the courtroom and meet and greet court users and visitors
  • keep people informed of changes to hearing times
  • check that witnesses, defendants and lawyers are present
  • call defendant and witnesses into court
  • direct the taking of oaths
  • label evidence and pass it to the judge and jury
  • pass messages between lawyers and legal advisers
  • keep order in the public areas
  • input data to the computer system, handle post, filing and photocopying

In crown court cases, a 'sworn usher' swears on oath to stop anyone who is unauthorised from approaching the jury. In this role, you'll also:

  • escort the jury to and from the courtroom
  • be on duty outside the jury room
  • take messages between the jury and the judge
  • organise hotel accommodation if jurors need to stay overnight

Working environment

You could work in a court or in an office.

You may need to wear smart business dress.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could supervise a team of ushers, or become a court administrative officer.

You may also be able to move into other operational delivery roles in central or local government.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Business Administration Apprentice

  • Wage: £16,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Not known

Business Administration Apprentice

  • Wage: £9,984.00 Annually
  • Location: Not known

Courses In England

Certificate in Business Administration

  • Provider: NCG
  • Start date: 31 January 2022
  • Location: London

Certificate in Business Administration (Administration & IT) - Adult

  • Start date: 08 March 2022
  • Location: Bridgwater

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