Government & Defence

Court Officer

Court officers support the smooth and efficient running of the courts.

  • Entry-level education

    Senior secondary school certificate or equivalent

  • Job outlook

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What does a Court Officer do?

Court officers support the smooth and efficient running of the courts.

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Work activities

As a court officer, you would:

  • announce court sessions
  • call witnesses to the stand and administer the oath
  • manage the care of all jurors
  • keep order during the court session
  • liasing with other legal professionals or the police on rosters or procedures
  • deal with court or room allocations
  • keep records of and maintain security for any evidence
  • escort judges to and from chambers.
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Key skills and interests

To become a court officer, you would need:

  • to be of good character
  • maturity and an understanding of confidentiality requirements
  • good organisational skills
  • good people skills
  • the ability to communicate with a range of people
  • to be comfortable in a legal environment.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

In a full-time job you would work standard hours, Monday to Friday. Part-time work is often available.

Conditions

You would divide your time between working in an office and being in the courtroom.

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How to become an Court Officer?

Entry Level Education

No formal qualifications are required to work as a court officer. The courts prefer you to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent.

A VET qualification in legal services, legal practice or justice may improve your chances of a role in this occupation.

The majority of court officers now have a bachelor’s degree. You can become a court officer by studying justice, criminology or legal studies at university. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent with English.

Court officers are State or Territory public servants. Specialised training is given on the job.

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Job outlook

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Employment for court officers is expected to grow moderately.

The running of courts is funded by governments, and running costs need to be maintained at budgeted levels. As such, the number of roles for court officers is determined somewhat by budgetary constraints.

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