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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

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

1. Judicial Assistants - Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, High Court, and 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) at least a 2.1 in a law degree at a minimum of level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications in their final year exams.

• 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:

Research:

• 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.

Court:

• 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 completed Application Form to careers@courts.ie to apply.

Separate applications will need to be made should you wish to apply for both competitions.

For more information please contact careers@courts.ie or 01-888 6055

Judicial Assistant - Superior Courts - Information Booklet

Judicial Assistant - Superior Courts - Application Form No. 1

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Opportunities to work with judges of the Circuit Court

2. Judicial Assistants - Circuit Court

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) at least a 2.1 in a law degree at a minimum of level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications in their final year exams.

• 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:

• The role of a judicial assistant to the Circuit Court is to undertake court duties on behalf of the judge of the Circuit Court to whom they are assigned and assist with research as required.

• General administrative support duties.

• Act as liaison between the judge and Courts Service staff and parties to litigation as required.

• Accompany the judge as required. This may involve travelling to any location in Ireland to which the judge may be assigned from time to time and require the judicial assistant to remain in the location during the period of that assignment.

• Drive the judge on official business (if required).

• Assistance with the management of the judge’s official documentation (books and papers) required for court and for the preparation of judgements.

Please download an Information Booklet and submit a completed Application Form to careers@courts.ie to apply.

Separate applications will need to be made should you wish to apply for both competitions.

For more information please contact careers@courts.ie or 01-888 6055 

Judicial Assistant Circuit Court - Information Booklet

Judicial Assistant Circuit Court - Application Form no. 1

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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

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Updated:12 February 2019