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Working with the Courts Service

My role in the Courts Service has given me the invaluable insight in the inner workings of the Irish legal system
Ciaran Cavanagh, Judicial Assistant, High Court – Trinity College of Dublin, Graduate of Law
My role in the Courts Service has given me the invaluable insight in the inner workings of the Irish legal system
Ciaran Cavanagh, Judicial Assistant, High Court – Trinity College of Dublin, Graduate of Law

We offer a multitude of jobs with excellent career opportunities. Our staff are mostly employed at civil service grades where there are plenty of opportunities for promotion and career development, but we also employ a large number of staff in specialist posts in areas of Law, IT, HR, Project Management, Accounting and many more areas of expertise.

The work we undertake on a daily basis is topical and current, the cases brought to court often appear in the news and newspapers. There is a wide variety of interesting work undertaken in the Courts Service.

Some of the legal facing roles in the Courts Service include:

  • Judicial Assistant - the Judicial Assistant works with the judge. Among his/her duties is to undertake legal research for the judge and to announce the arrival and departure of the judge in court.
  • Researcher - research legislation and previous judgements at the request of the judiciary. They undertake research projects, review new case law and legislation. They prepare legal handbooks, conference papers and articles for the judiciary.
  • Registrar/Court Clerk - The Registrar/Court Clerk sits in front of the judge and records orders made by the judge. He/she is responsible for administrative matters and is in charge of court documents and exhibits. They also record the names of witnesses, swears in the jury and records the decision of the case.
  • Executive Legal Officer - Provide administrative support, undertake legal research, prepare material for speeches, lectures and forewords, makes logistical arrangements for conferences etc.
  • Judicial Secretary - provides secretarial typing service to judges, and manages and organises the diary of the judge.
  • Solicitor - the General Solicitor assumes the legal identity of a Ward/Minor and carries out all necessary legal and property management work on their behalf. They also develop policies and strategies within the office.
  • Court Messenger  - provides support to the County Registrar in his/her capacity as sheriff and under the terms of the Enforcement of Court Orders Act.

Having a background in law or a law degree is not a requirement for all roles in the Courts Service. You may wish to work in a generalist role as a civil servant where you can work directly with the public or work in a department that supports the work of the courts.

If you are a student, a graduate, just starting your career, changing your career or an experienced professional in your field of expertise we have a role for you in the Courts Service.

Current Vacancies:

Current Vacancies:

Learning and Development – Instructor Designer
Higher Executive Officer

The Instructor Designer will lead a team to design, deliver and develop digital and classroom-based technical and developmental training programmes for our people.

Current Vacancies:

Current Vacancies:

Irish Language Strategy Manager and Translator
Assistant Principal

Aistritheoir agus Bainisteoir Straitéise Gaeilge
Grád an Phríomhoifigigh Chúnta.

Tuairiscíonn an ról don Cheannasaí Cumarsáide agus beidh an té a cheapfar ina (h)ionadaí ar an tSeirbhís Chúirteanna do chúrsaí Gaeilge. I measc na ndualgas beidh ar an té a cheapfar bainistíocht a dhéanamh ar straitéis Ghaeilge na Seirbhíse Cúirteanna, lena n-áirítear ár bhfreagrachtaí faoi Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla, 2021, agus idirchaidreamh a dhéanamh leis an Roinn Dlí agus Cirt, leis an gCoimisinéir Teanga agus le comhlachtaí eile. Áireofar sa ról freisin aistriúchán ar ábhar Béarla agus tacaíochtaí Gaeilge eile don eagraíocht.

The role reports to the Head of Communications and will be the representative of the Courts Service for all Irish language matters. Duties will include managing the Courts Service Irish language strategy, including our responsibilities under the Official Languages Act 2021 and liaison to the Department of Justice, the Irish Language Commissioner and other bodies. The role will also include the translation of English-language content and other Irish language supports to the organisation.

Le fís fhadtéarmach straitéiseach na Seirbhíse Cúirteanna, leagtar amach an plean 10 bliana go 2030 chun seirbhísí a dhéanamh níos oiriúnaí d'úsáideoirí na cúirte, an teicneolaíocht dhigiteach á treisiú againn le cuíchóiriú a dhéanamh ar sheirbhísí agus córas cúirte nua-aimseartha a sheachadadh sa deireadh. Is am iontach é a bheith mar bhall d'fhoireann na Seirbhíse Cúirteanna agus a bheith mar chuid den aistear seo atá i gcónaí á fhorbairt agus á nuachóiriú.

The long-term strategic vision for the future of the Courts Service sets out the 10-year plan to 2030 to re-design services around court users, leveraging digital technology to streamline services and ultimately delivering a modern court system. This is an exciting time to be a member of Courts Service staff and be part of our evolving and modernising journey.

Current Vacancies:

Current Vacancies:

Health and Safety Manager
Higher Executive Officer

The Health and Safety Manager will be responsible for the development, delivery and success of the occupational health and safety management programme. This user centric programme sets out to ensure the health safety and wellbeing of all court service staff and service users.

Finance Officer
Higher Executive Officer

The Courts Service Finance Unit manages, controls, analyses, and reports on the financial operations of the Courts Service, thereby ensuring effective running of the service. It secures funding for the service and reports to the Board and to the relevant Government Accounting functions on a regular basis. The unit has three sections: Oracle Financial Management Systems (FMS), Fees, Banking and Risk Management and Procurement.

This role leads the Oracle FMS team and will play a key role in the production of the Courts Service Annual Accounts, contributing to effective management of Courts Service expenditure.

Accounts System Analyst
Assistant Principal Officer

This role is responsible for leading the modernisation of the Courts Accounts System (CAS) through the analysis, design and implementation of improved policies and procedures best suited to this fast-paced office. The Courts Accounts Section of the Courts Funds Office operates as a shared service centre for the processing of all financial transactions for the Combined Court Offices of the Courts Service. In 2022, the total volume of transactions (both receipts and payments) was 503,395 with a monetary value of €90.7m. This role will require the management of the shared service centre, whilst also building strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

Why Choose Us

The benefits of working in the Courts Service include:

  • Flexible Working
  • Generous Annual Leave
  • Career Development
  • Internal Mobility
  • Training
  • Professional Development
  • Responsibility
  • Corporate Citizenship
  • Structured salary Progression
  • Excellent Superannuation Scheme
  • We are an Equal Opportunities Employer

Your learning journey starts when we welcome you onboard with our induction programme and continues with further opportunities for personal and professional development. Opportunities for further education are available with a refund of fees scheme along with study and exam leave. We want you to maximise your potential and we will support you to get there.

If you are a student, a graduate, just starting your career, changing your career or an experienced professional in your field of expertise we have a role for you in the Courts Service.