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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



 Judicial Assistant in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court and Judicial Research Office


Are you a recent graduate of law?

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:

• Currently hold at least a 2.1 in a law degree (LLB or BCL) from one of the approved degrees listed on the Kings Inns schedule of approved degrees. (Listed here: https://www.kingsinns.ie/cmsfiles/entrance-examination/ScheduleOfApprovedDegrees2019.pdf)
• 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.

To apply, please download an Information Booklet and submit a short Application form with your education and qualifications.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 11th December 2019.

For more information, contact careers@courts.ie or 01-888 6156 


Service Officer in Dundalk Courthouse, Crowe Street, Dundalk , Co Louth.

Service Officers are often the first point of contact for customers of the Courts Service. 

The person appointed will be expected to carry out such duties as:

  •  Reception and customer service
  •  Collection, sorting and delivery of internal and external mail
  • Active management of the Courthouse including
    o Facilitate the smooth operation of entrance gates and carpark
    o Monitoring security of reception area, entrance gates and car park, alarms etc
    o Health & safety checks
    o Energy efficiency awareness
  •  Keyholder
  •  Active management of all mechanical systems of the Courthouse (in conjunction with service providers/the Office of Public Works (OPW))
  •  Other duties as requested by Line Manager
  •  Basic administrative task (emails, updating HR systems (IT based))


Personal Requirements

 The applicant will be required to demonstrate that they have the following:
• good communication skills – both oral and written
• flexibility and be capable of using own initiative
• ability to work well as part of a team
• be willing to take responsibility for tasks and complete work in a timely manner
• be thorough and conscientious
• customer service skills

 Given the nature of the work the applicant must be capable of manual work of a physical nature.
Pay: Salary Scale from 1st January 2020:
€434.30, €460.20, €469.97, €490.63, €509.08, €520.12, €533.04, €548.58, 575.14 [NMAX],
€588.27 [LSI1]*, €609.18 [LSI2]**

Hours of Attendance: 43 hours 15 mins gross per week.


Persons interested in applying for this position are required to complete and submit an application form before 12 noon, Wednesday 11th December. 

We will be shortlisting a number of candidates to be called for interview, based on relevant work experience and the requirements for the job.
A panel in order of merit will then be established from this competition. This panel will expire after a period of two years or when exhausted, whichever is sooner.

Please email completed application form to northmidlandsro@courts.ie or post a typed form to Service Officer Competition, Courts Service, North Midlands Regional Office, The Courthouse, Dundalk, Co. Louth.

Closing date and time for receipt of applications 12pm Wednesday 11th December 2019.

Applications received after this date and time will not be accepted.

Application form

Information Booklet


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: 27 November 2019