- 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
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
You could work in an office or in a court.
With experience, you could progress from administrative assistant to administrative officer and then to executive officer or team manager.
You can get more details about careers in the courts and tribunals service from Skills for Justice.