Magistrates' court assistant

Magistrates' court assistants provide administrative support in the operation of magistrates' courts. If you are methodical and interested in the workings of law courts, why not consider a career in this area?

Work Activities

All people accused of having committed a crime in England and Wales are required to attend a magistrate's court in the first instance. A group of magistrates or district judge hears the case. Only the most serious cases are referred on to the Crown Court. Magistrates' court assistants carry out the administrative functions to assist this process. Magistrates' courts assistants are employees of the Civil Service.

All employees are expected to uphold the values of the Civil Service. The Civil Service is committed to promoting and ensuring equality and valuing diversity.

Duties may include:

  • collecting the relevant paperwork for each case and delivering it to the right courts
  • operating recording machines to keep records of cases
  • creating and maintaining databases
  • data input
  • typing documents
  • keeping the Court Library up to date
  • ensuring noticeboards have up to date lists of hearings displayed
  • collecting and despatching internal post
  • opening and sorting external post and ensuring delivery to the right departments
  • ordering stationery and making sure that all court areas are fully stocked with all necessary forms and materials
  • simple accounts eg issuing and recording jury expenses
  • operating office equipment, such as fax machines and scanners
  • answering telephone calls and taking messages
  • arranging meetings
  • making travel arrangements
  • preparing courts for use
  • answering queries from users of the court
  • making sure that participants in court proceedings are present and called in the right order and that any changes in proceedings are communicated to relevant parties
  • other duties as required

Personal Qualities and Skills

Key skills required

  • IT skills
  • Team work
  • Keen to learn
  • Good communication skills
  • Keen to learn

Pay And Opportunities

Typical employers

The Civil Service (Ministry of Justice)

Nb There are other courts and tribunals run by the Ministry of Justice.


Qualification and training provided

2 GCSEs A*to C/GCSE grades 4-9 or experience of working in a busy public service environment.

If you wish to work in Wales, it can be helpful to speak or write Welsh.

Opportunities for training and promotion are excellent.

All recruitment must be conducted on the basis of fair and open competition.

All applicants should subscribe to the Civil Service Code of Honesty, Integrity, Impartiality and Objectivity.

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