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Court administrative assistant

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

Annual Salary

£16,000 to £21,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

38 to 39 a week

You could work: 9am to 5pm;

3%
Future employment

There will be 3% fewer Court administrative assistant jobs in 2025.
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Day to day tasks

In this role you could be:

  • dealing with enquiries from the public
  • booking dates and times for court hearings
  • allocating cases to courtrooms
  • preparing lists of the day's court sessions and keeping ushers informed
  • making sure that judges, magistrates and lawyers have the right paperwork for each case
  • following up the court's decision after a hearing (like issuing court orders)
  • taking notes in court for legal advisers
  • updating the Police National Computer (PNC) and court electronic 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
College

You could take a college course before applying for work, like a Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration, or a Level 2 Certificate or Diploma in Legal Studies.

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
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Apprenticeship

You could do a paralegal, court operations or business administrator advanced apprenticeship.

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.

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 Skills for Justice.

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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
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • excellent written communication skills
  • 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
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • active listening skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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