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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

Job Title: Court Messenger (Clonmel, Co. Tipperary)

Job Description:

The role is to provide support to the County Registrar in Co. Tipperary in his capacity as Sheriff and under the terms of the Enforcement of Court Orders Act, 1926, as amended. Your headquarters will be Clonmel Courthouse.

Travel throughout the County Tipperary is a necessary part of the job so applicants must have a full clean driving licence, motor insurance and their own transport.  The Standard Civil Service travel expenses will be paid. 

It is desirable that applicants would have previous relevant work experience and good IT skills.

The duties of a Court Messenger include, but are not limited to:

  • Enforcement of Decrees, Execution Orders, Fi Fas and Repossession Orders by:
  • the collection of monies on foot of Court Judgments lodged in the  Court Office
  • the seizure and sale of goods to realise Judgment Debts
  • taking possession of lands and houses on foot of Court Orders including, ejectment of persons in occupation
  • Maintenance of appropriate records to include:
  • Responsibility for cash, cheques and drafts received, issuing temporary receipts and accounting for monies received
  • Recording and updating of files and issue of appropriate notices and correspondence
  • Use of information technology systems
  •  Customer Service
  • Maintaining contact with relevant stakeholders
  • Dealing effectively and speedily with customer queries
  • Other appropriate duties as assigned by the Office Manager.

The starting weekly salary for this position is €464.28 gross.

Court Messenger PPC (Personal Pension Contribution) Pay Scale (gross per week)
€464.28, €518.47, €528.84, €573.84, €612.28, €646.07, €669.25 (LSI 1) *, €693.79 (LSI 2)**
 *Long Service Increment 1 (LSI1) is paid after 3 years satisfactory service at the normal maximum (NMAX) 
**Long Service Increment 1 (LSI2) is paid after 6 years satisfactory service at the normal maximum (NMAX) 

Further information about the job and its terms & conditions of employment are available in the Information Booklet

You can download The Application Form and Information Booklet here or  by e-mailing CorkRO@courts.ie or from the Southern Regional Office on 0214509374.

Applicants should send their completed Application Form by e-mail to CorkRO@courts.ie or by post to Southern Regional Office, Courts Service, The Courthouse, Anglesea Street, Cork not later than 4pm on Wednesday 2nd September, 2020. Mark envelope “Court Messenger Vacancy”. Applicants are responsible for the safe delivery of their application forms.

This competition will be run in compliance with the code of practice prepared by the Commission for Public Service Appointments (CPSA). 

The Courts Service is committed to a policy of equal opportunity.

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.