Administrative assistants or officers (courts) do clerical and support work for the Justice of the Peace (JP) Courts, Sheriff Courts, the Court of Session and the High Court of Justiciary. They may also be known as court officers.
You could be:
attending court sessions to help and advise on procedure
setting the dates and times and allocating courtrooms for court cases
preparing a list of each day's court cases
preparing papers for civil court hearings and typing up minutes
answering enquiries at a reception desk or on the phone
checking in witnesses and calling jurors for cases
issuing court orders and handling warrants, summonses, initial writs and simple divorce papers
carrying out general admin tasks – photocopying, filing, dealing with mail
working out and collecting legal fees and fines.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates vary, depending on:
where you work
the size of the organisation you work for
the demand for the job.
The salary scale for an administrative assistant (court officer) working for Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service begins at £19,320 a year. An administrative officer earns from £22,000 a year.
You would work for the Scottish and Tribunals Courts Service.
You would normally work in an office and occasionally in the court.
Working hours are usually 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.
Skills for Justice is the Sector Skills Council for the Justice, Community Safety and Legal Services Sectors. The careers section of their website holds information on the careers within these sectors.
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