Court assistants execute the administrative, personal, and secretarial responsibilities necessary to manage court proceedings and achieve its daily goals. As a court assistant, you will be responsible for scheduling the daily tasks of the court, from trials to hearings, conferences and meetings. You will compose orders of correspondence, answer phones, maintain files, review cases for accuracy, and assist those coming into the courtroom such as law-enforcement, witnesses, litigants, and attorneys.
Depending on the state, there are different requirements in order for you to become a court assistant. For instance, Florida’s Marion County Courts simply require a High School diploma and “four years of administrative support experience at the legal secretary level” as well as a valid Florida Drivers License. However, some states, such as New York, in addition to the aforementioned requirements, also require you to take a Court Assistant exam and attain certain certifications or degrees.
Certification and degree programs
Many online programs offer certifications, associate, and bachelor’s degrees in Legal Administration. It may be necessary for you to obtain a certification or degree in order to gain the necessary skills to become an effective court assistant, as the position requires excellent customer service skills, as well as language, mathematical, and problem solving abilities, according to the Marion County Court’s requirements, in order to complete the tasks associated with the job. Additionally, some states require you to have a notary certificate.
Job fields for court assistants
There are different fields of the industry in which court clerks can work. A court assistant can work in local government, state government, businesses needing legal assistants, and other support services. While there are a variety of fields you can work in, the positions are still competitive.