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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:


No. 1

Chief Executive Officer of the Courts Service

The Courts Service wishes to recruit a Chief Executive Officer to lead and direct the management of the courts and implement a strategic change programme to modernise the delivery of services.

The Chief Executive Officer is a member of and reports to the Board. The Chief Executive Officer leads an organisation of over 1050 staff in offices nationwide, manages an annual budget of €138m and court funds in excess of €1.9bn. The Chief Executive Officer is also the Accounting Officer for the Courts Service.

This is a unique opportunity for a highly motivated individual, committed to the delivery of public services at the highest standard, to lead a dynamic and successful organisation through the next phase of its development.

This executive leadership position requires a demonstrable track record of developing and implementing strategy in a complex operational environment.

The successful candidate should be able to show:

  • Strategic thinking and vision

  • Leadership with the ability to inspire and motivate others through a process of change in an organisation of significant scale and complexity

  • A record of high performance, drive and resilience with a delivery focus

  • Sound judgement and the environmental awareness necessary to deal with complex policy and operational issues

  • Experience of building and maintaining collaborative and productive working relationships with partners and stakeholders to deliver change

  • Highly effective communication skills including the ability to inspire confidence and influence at the most senior levels

Knowledge and understanding of the courts and the legal system, while not essential, would be desirable.


The Courts Service under licence from CPSA




Smithfield, Dublin 7


Applications including a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae and a personal statement of no more than 2 pages outlining why you wish to be considered for the post and setting out your relevant achievements and experience in your career to date, should be e-mailed to marietryan@courts.ie or sent to Ms. Marie Ryan, Secretary, Courts Service Board, The Courts Service, Phoenix House, Smithfield, Dublin 7, D07F95Y.

Information booklet: Chief Executive Officer of the Court Service


The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Thursday 28th March 2019.


Marie Ryan
Secretary, Courts Service Board
Telephone Number: +353 1 888 6432
e-mail: marietryan@courts.ie

The Courts Service is an equal opportunities employer.


No. 2


Solicitor – (Assistant Principal Grade)


The Courts Service is seeking to fill an Assistant Solicitor vacancy in the General Solicitors Office.

Assistant Solicitors in the General Solicitor’s Office will act as case officers and carry out a wide range of work on behalf of Wards of Court and Minors.

The Assistant Solicitor will be required to review and analyse the affairs and attend court on matters ranging from but not limited to conveyancing, probate administration and taxation, vulnerable adult law and human rights or managing the estate of the ward/minor etc.

The Assistant Solicitor will also participate and contribute to the formulation of policies and strategies within the office to ensure the office meets its obligations as a business unit within the Courts Service.

The successful candidate should have:

• a minimum of three years relevant experience as a practising solicitor in the State; and

• sufficient and varied practice as a solicitor in the State in the areas of Property and Conveyancing, Probate and Administration of Estates, Civil Litigation and Court Advocacy.

Periods spent in whole-time positions in the Civil Service, for appointment to which qualification as a solicitor was an essential requirement, will be reckoned as practice for this purpose.


The Courts Service, under licence from the CPSA






Professional Law Qualification


Monday 25th of March, 2019 at 16:00

Solicitor AP Information Booklet March 2019

Application Form Solicitor March 2019


No. 3

Court Messenger, Courts Service Tralee

The Courts Service invites applications for the above position.

The role will be to provide support to the County Registrar in the County Kerry in their capacity as Sheriff and under the terms of the Enforcement of Court Orders Act, 1926, as amended.

Travel throughout the County of Kerry is a necessary part of the job so applicants must have a full 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.

A level of fluency in the Irish language would be an asset but it is not essential.

Further information in relation to terms and conditions of employment is available in the information booklet for this post.

The Application Form and Information Booklet can be obtained by e-mail to corkro@courts.ie or by contacting Ms Ruth Penney, Courts Service Southern Regional Office on 021 4509374.

Applicants should send their completed Application Form by e-mail to corkro@courts.ie or by post to Ms Ruth Penney, Courts Service, Southern Regional Office, The Courthouse, Anglesea Street, Cork T12 VY3F not later than  Friday 29th March 2019 by 4.00 p.m.

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. 


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: 20 March 2019