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Court administrative assistant

Court administrative assistants help run courts and court offices.

Annual Salary

£18,000 to £24,000

Average UK salary in 2022 was £33,200
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

38 to 39 a week

You could work: 9am to 5pm;

Future employment

There will be 2.3% fewer Court administrative assistant jobs in 2027.

Day to day tasks

In this role you could:

  • answer questions from the public
  • book courtrooms for hearings
  • prepare lists of the day's court sessions and inform ushers
  • make sure that judges, magistrates and lawyers have the right paperwork
  • 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 computer systems

Working environment

You could work in an office or in a court.

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

You could take a college course before you apply for work.

Courses you could take include:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration
  • Level 2 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.

It will take you between 18 and 24 months to complete the apprenticeship which includes a mix of studying and learning on the job.

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.

You might find it useful if you have experience in a similar job like office administration. Employers will also be interested in your personal qualities and life experience.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

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Further information

You can get more details about careers in the courts and tribunals service from HM Courts and Tribunals Services.

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

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

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
  • active listening skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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