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Courts Service Recruitment

The Courts Service recruits under licence from the Commission for Public Service Appointments and all recruitment competitions are organised in compliance with guidelines set down by that body.

These can be viewed on line at www.cpsa.ie.

The Courts Service will advertise any vacancies with the Public Appointments Service.

The Public Appointments Service has a dedicated website for graduates

Current vacancies:



Opportunities to work with judges of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court and in the Judicial Research Office

The Courts Service has excellent opportunities to work with the judiciary as a judicial assistant.

The role is a three year contract which involves providing support to judges which can range from administrative, research and attending court.

These roles provide an invaluable insight into the practical workings of the courts.

Candidates must:

  • Hold (or expect to hold by 24/08/2019) at least a 2.1 in a law degree (LLB or BCL) at a minimum of level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications in their final year exams. Or have successfully completed the Diploma in Law from Kings Inns.

  • Have a good understanding of the work of the Irish courts system.

  • Have a knowledge of modern legal research methods and materials.

  • Have some experience conducting legal research (this can include academic research or research in the course of court case preparation).

The key duties of the role are:


  • Conducting legal research (academic and case law), summarising facts, legal submissions, case law and relevant material as directed by the judge for inclusion in draft judgments, proof read draft judgments, assist in research for draft judgments.

  • Assist the judge in the preparation of lectures, conference papers and speeches.

  • Prepare case summaries.

  • Assist with legal drafting and proofing.

  • Prepare conference papers and speeches as required.


  • Act as liaison between the judge and the parties to litigation (if required)

  • Collect the judge’s books and papers for court

  • Remain in court during hearings if required to note evidence and submissions as directed.

Please download an information booklet and submit a short application form with your education and qualifications to apply.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 31st May 2019

For more information, please contact careers@courts.ie or +353 1 888 6055



TLA/C/651 – Head of Strategy and Reform Directorate, Courts Service.

The Public Appointments Service (PAS) on behalf of The Top Level Appointments Committee (TLAC) is holding an open competition for the above post.

See publicjobs.ie





Human Resources Directorate
The Courts Service, 15/24 Phoenix Street North, Smithfield, Dublin 7.
Phone: +353 1 888 6095
Fax: +353 1 888 6090
Email: careers@courts.ie

Updated: 24 May 2019