- 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
- to be flexible and open to change
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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
You could work in a court or in an office.
With experience, you could supervise a team of ushers, or become a court administrative officer.
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