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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: ICT

Current Vacancies: ICT

AP Applications Lead (Hybrid)

This role reports to the Head of Digital and is responsible for leading the analysis, design, and implementation of new digital solutions through the use of bespoke and commercial off-the-shelf software, the migration of legacy technologies to modern solutions, the support and maintenance of digital services, and the management of a small applications team, vendors, stakeholders and budget.

The Applications Lead role is both technical and business facing and is seen as a source of technical expertise whilst inputting into operational and strategic organisational decisions.  The role drives digital transformation by leading the implementation of digital services, contributing to the design and adoption of modern user-centric business processes, and following a co-creation agile approach to change.

Further information and details on how to apply

Experienced Systems Administrator (Hybrid) (HEO)

The Experienced Systems Administrator role is both technical and business facing. The candidate must demonstrate strong technical skills and expertise (there will be hands-on technical work required) whilst also being capable of managing projects.  The role contributes to a team driving digital transformation through the implementation of digital services that meet the Courts Service business needs and strategic goals.  This role will require an ability to troubleshoot and identify problems across different technologies including computing, storage, networking, physical infrastructure, COTS and open-source solutions, and virtual and cloud computing, including IaaS, PaaS, SaaS.

Further information and details on how to apply

IT Project Manager (Hybrid) HEO

The Courts Service is looking for an IT Project Manager to assist in planning, implementing, and working towards completion of IT projects throughout the organisation. You must be to work with across the digital landscape including Cyber and Information Security, ICT Infrastructure, Microsoft O365, Unified Communications, Cloud Operations and Audio-Visual services to coordinate timelines, and deliverables for multiple projects simultaneously. The role is both technical and business facing. The candidate must demonstrate strong technical skills and expertise whilst also being capable of managing projects.  The role contributes to a team driving digital transformation through the implementation of digital services that meet the Courts Service business needs and strategic goals. 

Further information and details on how to apply  

IT Technician (Hybrid) HEO

The IT Technician role is both technical and business facing. The candidate must demonstrate strong technical skills and expertise (there will be hands-on technical work required) whilst also being capable of managing projects.  The role contributes to a team driving digital transformation through the implementation of digital services that meet the Courts Service business needs and strategic goals.  This role will require an ability to troubleshoot and identify problems across different technologies including computing, storage, networking, physical infrastructure, COTS and open-source solutions, and virtual and cloud computing, including IaaS, PaaS, SaaS.

Further information and details on how to apply

Cyber Security Specialist (Hybrid) EO

The role reports to a Cyber Security Specialist (HEO) and is responsible for assisting in the design, build, management and support of infrastructure and cyber security services that underpin the organisation’s digital services. Responsibilities also include assisting in the analysis and definition of requirements for the migration of legacy technologies to modern solutions and the implementation of these projects. 

This role will work alongside the Infrastructure and cyber security team members, other ICT teams, contractors, vendors, and business stakeholders.

The role is both technical and business facing, the candidate must demonstrate technical skills and ability to develop expertise (there will be hands-on technical work required) whilst also being capable of contributing to and managing projects. 

Further information and details on how to apply 

IT Project Support (Hybrid) EO

Courts Service is recruiting for a Junior/Graduate IT Project Support role to assist in planning, implementing, and working towards completion of IT projects throughout the organisation. You must be to work with across the digital landscape including Cyber and Information Security, ICT Infrastructure, Microsoft O365, Unified Communications, Cloud Operations and Audio-Visual services to coordinate timelines, and deliverables for multiple projects simultaneously. The role is both technical and business facing. The candidate must demonstrate strong technical skills and expertise whilst also being capable of managing projects.  The role contributes to a team driving digital transformation through the implementation of digital services that meet the Courts Service business needs and strategic goals. 

Further information and details on how to apply

Junior/Graduate Developer (Hybrid) (EO)

The role reports to an Experienced Developer and is responsible for performing analysis, design and the implementation of new digital solutions using bespoke and commercial off-the-shelf software.  Responsibilities also include the analysis and definition of requirements for the migration of legacy technologies to modern solutions and the implementation of these projects, and the support and maintenance of digital services.  This role will work alongside the Applications team members, other ICT teams, contractors, vendors and business stakeholders.

Further information and details on how to apply  

Current Vacancies: Clerical Officer - Cork

Current Vacancies: Clerical Officer - Cork

Are you looking for a new challenge? Do you want a varied role with fantastic career opportunities in a dynamic, fast paced environment? The Family law, Criminal and Civil court offices within The Courts Service are offering entry level positions for individuals to join their team, as a first step to a rewarding and fulfilling career in The Courts Service. The Clerical Officer is often the first point of contact for our customers and may be seen as the face of our organisation. In this role you will have an opportunity to learn, develop and gain a knowledge of, Criminal, Civil and Family Law proceedings and will be at the forefront of providing our customers access to justice. The office environment is rewarding and fulfilling and gives successful candidates an excellent foundation for career progression. You will play a key role in the implementation of our exciting modernisation programme and as such, we want to make you the best that you can be.

A Clerical Officer within the network of Cork offices will be responsible for:

  • Supporting management and colleagues in the provision of an efficient, team and customer focused service
  • Undertaking an essential role in dealing one to one with our customers, some of which are the most vulnerable in society
  • Networking and liaising with Court stakeholders including, supporting the Judiciary, assisting legal representatives and customers in person in the provision of an efficient user-friendly service.
  • Preparing Court lists and files, ensuring our customers are provided with access to justice

Positions are available in the following four Court Offices; Washington Street, Cork; Anglesea Street, Cork; Clonakilty and Mallow.  Candidates who are called for interview will be given an opportunity to indicate their location preferences.

The nature and variety of the role requires on site working and remote working is not possible

Further information on this role and details on how to apply can be found here.

Closing date for applications is 5pm on 18 November 2022.

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.