court registrar fall under the court officers job description
State/Territory Specific Information
Court officers assist in the effective operation of courts.
Court officers may perform the following tasks:
announce the beginning and end of court sessions
call on witnesses and administer the prescribed oath to jurors and witnesses
administer the jury roster and post court lists on notice boards
keep records of court processes served
enforce court decisions by executing court orders, and serving legal orders and documents such as summonses or subpoenas
maintain the orderly conduct of court and hearing rooms and adjacent areas
attend to judges or magistrates, escorting them from chambers to the courtroom
record and protect exhibits tendered in court and pass them to participants during the hearing
maintain security, care and control of jury panels
liaise with the judiciary, police department and legal professionals, and advise the public on
legal procedures and practices
run the court registries and maintain the court files
open and close court and hearing room proceedings
organise furniture for court and hearing rooms
allocate rooms for use by legal practitioners
prepare audiovisual equipment for court and hearing rooms
escort prisoners to and from courtrooms
summon potential jurors to court.
A bailiff attends to the needs of the jury throughout a trial and 'swears in' the jurors and witnesses during court proceedings. They may also serve writs, summonses and other court orders.
Clerk of Court
A clerk of court prepares documentation of court proceedings, actions and decisions; attends court sessions; and assists judges and magistrates.
A court registrar prepares the daily court list, maintains court records and handles the accounting and distribution of money paid to the court.
Court officers are required to liaise between the magistracy, legal practitioners and members of the public.
high level of maturity
able to communicate with a range of people
aptitude for clerical duties
feel comfortable in a legal environment
able to exercise a high level of responsibility.
court registrars generally possess a bachelor’s degree although some big court positions require a master’s degree or Juris Doctor degree. A combination of experience and/or education in business or public administration, political science, criminal justice, law, court administration, management or related field is helpful. court registrar positions generally require three to six years of related experience.
court registrar must possess strong oral and written skills; management or supervisory experience; excellent project management skills; thorough knowledge of management practices and administrative processes; and the ability to exercise mature judgment.
As part of the courthouse team, court registrar must work harmoniously with others in a team-oriented environment. Since chief court clerks balance a number of priorities, strong organizational, prioritizing and problem-solving skills are critical as well as the ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects.