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)

£15,000 Starter

to

£22,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

36 to 38 a week

You could work

evenings occasionally

How to become a court usher

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

College

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) for a level 1 course
  • 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 an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in court and tribunal administration.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), 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 Skills for Justice.

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
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • active listening skills
  • the ability to read English
  • 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:

  • preparing the courtroom and meeting and greeting court users and visitors
  • keeping people informed of changes to hearing times
  • checking that witnesses, defendants and lawyers are present
  • calling defendant and witnesses into court
  • directing the taking of oaths
  • labelling evidence and passing it to the judge and jury
  • passing messages between lawyers and legal advisers
  • keeping order in the public areas
  • inputting data to the computer system, 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 spend time:

  • escorting the jury to and from the courtroom
  • being on duty outside the jury room
  • taking messages between the jury and the judge
  • organising hotel accommodation if jurors need to stay overnight

Working environment

You could work in a court or in an office.

Career path and progression

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

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Business Administration Apprentice

  • Wage : £290.08 Weekly
  • Location: Stevenage SG1 2FQ

Apprentice Administrative Assistant for SEND

  • Wage : £7,717.00 Annually
  • Location: PE7 3BY

Courses In England

Principles of Business Administration - Certificate Level 2

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

Business Administration Certificate 2

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

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