A court administrator has a wide variety of duties ranging from secretarial to management, accounting and criminal justice-related. The job title may vary slightly from one jurisdiction to the next. Court administrators may work within the local, state or federal court system. Those with a higher level of education and training will naturally garner the best positions with higher pay.
What is a Court Administrator?
A court administrator handles the non-judicial functions of the court. The actual duties may vary somewhat, particularly between the types of courts, meaning whether the court administrator is employed with the local, state or federal court system. Court administrator duties typically include interacting with the legal and organizational aspects of the court. This involves coordinating and planning court operations, overseeing the budget, records, facilities, case management and public relations.
The court administrator prepares court cases and sends out jury notices, prepares court-related reports and is responsible for hiring and training staff. In some jurisdictions, court administrators will have more responsibility directly related to the legislative or judicial operations of the court, such as in the position of deputy state court administrator who will, according to the National Center for State Courts, “formulate policies for efficient administration; assist in preparing testimony for bills presented to the legislature.”
A prospective court administrator must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as judicial management. A legal degree with additional courses in business management is extremely beneficial. Courses in leadership, organizational, and communication skills are also very beneficial when pursuing a career as a court administrator.
The higher level of education, particularly when combined with similar experience, can lead to a very lucrative career as a court administrator. If you want to be on the upper end of the salary range, maximize your educational and other learning opportunities to prove your knowledge and expertise at performing the day-to-day job duties as well as specialized responsibilities of the court administrator.