24751 - Court Associate
To post will include use of Delegated powers as appropriate and such other functions as the HOLO/Justices’ Clerk may direct.
This post will be based at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court, however the successful candidate will be required to travel regularly across all sites in Essex and occasionally throughout Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, as and when required
The Tribunals Service and Her Majesty’s Court Service were integrated into a single Agency, Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service on 1st April 2011. Bringing these two organisations together has removed duplication in management functions and increased the efficiency of the administration, which has enabled HMCTS to reduce what it spends away from the front line substantially.
Consequently, there are high expectations of all staff regardless of the job they do and high performance is expected from everybody. The organisation is continuously adopting new or better ways of working to ensure that it focuses on just that which is essential.
Band D staff will need to display a commitment to four key principles: Continuous change, LEAN principles, managing uncertainty and improving performance. All those appointed to new roles in HMCTS must be wholeheartedly committed to these principles and evidence this in their application.
As a new organisation HMCTS is embarking on a period of significant change. Strong leadership is a critical element in this being successful. Jobholders who have responsibility for managing staff will be required to provide clear direction and focus, visibly championing the changes which deliver greater efficiencies. The HMCTS Delivery Directors expects managers in the organisation to operate in a culture of openness and honesty, demonstrating a commitment to change through involvement and empowerment, and by delivering results.
The key purpose of the role is to
- Act as a court associate in accordance with directions of the justices’ clerk, or their nominee, in court with a district judge and to keep a full and accurate record of proceedings.
- Undertake such administrative roles as appropriate to grade as directed by the line manager.
- To ensure that all relevant documentation is completed fully, accurately and in timely manner (including cracked and ineffective trial monitoring forms).
- To ensure that the court case files are kept properly and tidily.
- To take a note of the evidence given and any legal submissions.
- To make a full and accurate record of all adjudications made.
- To be aware of, and act on, any special requirements such as video equipment, tape recorder, interpreter etc.
- To be in court no later than 20 minutes before the start of the court list.
- Thoroughly check case papers in good time before the court session.
- In the absence of an usher, to call in witnesses and administer oaths and affirmations.
- To use the Libra computer system to access the diary, book trials, adjournments, move cases, result cases and produce all relevant documents including warrants and others, and validate court sessions.
- To meet with the district judge ten minutes before the start of the court and appraise him of the state of the day’s list and throughout the day as necessary.
- To be able to answer questions on the case (in particular being able to give a history of the case) in court and to the district judge as required.
- Ensure the effective management and planning of the business within the courtroom.
- Take part in employee engagement activities to effect good working relationships with staff and to improve service delivery and staff morale / motivation.
- Comply with HMCTS values, policies and procedures (including diversity, attendance and discipline).
- To participate in any relevant training as required.
- Apply LEAN principles, tools and techniques to working practices to improve efficiency of operations.
- All Band D staff are expected to deal with other ad hoc management roles including line management of Band E and F staff as required.
Processing and managing casework
- Work with staff to ensuring that casework is appropriately managed, providing advice where process deviations have occurred.
Calculations and analysis
- Identify and implement solutions to local problems, referring more complex problems to a Cluster Delivery Manager
Communicating with the public, juries, the judiciary, other court and tribunal users and representatives of other agencies and organisations
- Maintain effective liaison with judiciary, user groups and representative organisations.
- Think beyond own area of responsibility, considering wider policy and organisational implications of issues.
- Implement local communication plans which meet the needs of the target audience.
- Represent the function you have been assigned to at an operational level
- To have a working knowledge of functions undertaken within the Cluster, to support the development and review of policies and procedures.
- To provide specific functions as directed by line management in line with the SOP for providing that service.
- The court associate will report to a manager within the administration team who will be their line manager. When acting as an associate in court the post holder will be accountable to, and subject to the directions of the legal team manager.
The post holder is required to work in a flexible way and undertake any other duties reasonably requested by line management which are commensurate with the grade and level of responsibility of this post.
Location of Post
- Within a magistrates court in a cluster, but may be required to work in other locations as required
Key Civil Service Competencies
You will be required to provide evidence of the following key competencies at Level 2.
Changing and Improving
- Understand and apply technology to achieve efficient and effective business and personal results.
- Consider and suggest ideas for improvements, sharing this feedback with others in a constructive manner.
- Conduct regular reviews of what and who is required to make a project/activity successful and make on-going improvements.
- Put aside preconceptions and consider new ideas on their own merits.
- Help colleagues, customers and corporate partners to understand changes and why they have been introduced.
- Identify, resolve or escalate the positive and negative effects that change may have on own role/team.
Making Effective Decisions
- Demonstrate accountability and make unbiased decisions.
- Examine complex information and obtain further information to make accurate decisions.
- Speak with the relevant people in order to obtain the most accurate information and get advice when unsure of how to proceed.
- Explain clearly, verbally and in writing, how a decision has been reached.
- Provide advice and feedback to support others to make accurate decisions.
- Monitor the storage of critical data and customer information to support decision making and conduct regular reviews to ensure it is stored accurately, confidentially and responsibly.
Leading and communicating
- Display enthusiasm around goals and activities – adopting a positive approach when interacting with others.
- Listen to, understand, respect and accept the value of different views, ideas and ways of working.
- Express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing, and with sensitivity and respect for others.
- Confidently handle challenging conversations or interviews.
- Confront and deal promptly with inappropriate language or behaviours, including bullying, harassment or discrimination.
Collaborating and Partnering
- Demonstrate interest in others and develop a range of contacts outside own team to help get the job done.
- Change ways of working to facilitate collaboration for the benefit of the team’s work.
- Proactively seek information, resources and support from others outside own immediate team in order to help achieve results.
- Readily identify opportunities to share knowledge, information and learning and make progress by working with colleagues.
- Listen attentively to others and check their understanding by asking questions.
- Take responsibility for creating a working environment that encourages equality, diversity and inclusion.
Managing a Quality Service
- Explain clearly to customers what can be done.
- Work with team to set priorities, create clear plans and manage all work to meet the needs of the customer and the business.
- Ensure that levels of service are maintained – flag up risks or concerns in order to meet customer requirements.
- Keep internal teams, customers and delivery partners fully informed of plans and possibilities.
- Promote adherence to relevant policies, procedures, regulations and legislation, including equality and diversity and health and safety.
- Identify common problems or weaknesses in policy or procedures that affect service and escalate these.
Delivering at Pace
- Create regular reviews of what and who is required to make a project/activity successful and make ongoing improvements.
- Be interested and positive about what they and the team are trying to achieve.
- Take ownership of problems in their own area of responsibility.
- Remain positive and focused on achieving outcomes despite setbacks.
- Check own and team performance against outcomes, make improvement suggestions or take corrective action when problems are identified.
- Set and achieve challenging goals and monitor quality.
Operational Delivery in HMCTS
This role is part of the Operational Delivery Profession. Operational delivery professionals are the outward face of government, providing essential services to the public in a variety of roles. They work in many different departments and agencies across the breadth of the UK, delivering service to customers in
- Face-to-face roles in HMCTS for example a court usher
- Contact Centre roles in HMCTS for example call centre advisers
- Processing roles in HMCTS for example Staff at the County Courts Money-Claims Centre and Courts and Tribunal Administration
Being part of the operational delivery profession means belonging to a cross-government community of people. This will offer you access to information on professional standards, skills development and qualifications to help you continue to improve your development and performance and expand your career options.
Flexible working options
HMCTS offers a flexible working system in many of its offices.
Job sharing and reduced hours
All applications for job sharing or reduced hours will be treated fairly and on a case by case basis in accordance with the MoJ’s flexible working policy and equality policy.
Excess Fares and Relocation Allowances
This job is not eligible for relocation allowances but excess fares may be considered in accordance with MoJs excess fares allowance policy.
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Working Arrangements & Further Information
Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on 'modernised' terms in their current post or onto 'unmodernised' MoJ terms if they are on 'unmodernised' terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.
Flexible working hours
The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.
The MoJ offers a range of benefits:
Generous allowances for paid holiday starting at 25 days per year, and rising as your service increases. There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.
The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.
The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.
- A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
- Access to flexible benefits such as salary sacrifice arrangements for childcare vouchers, and voluntary benefits such as retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
- Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
- Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.
The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.
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We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity.
There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
Staff on fixed term appointments must have been recruited through fair and open competition.
15/03/2019, 23:55 hours
Closing Date: 15th March 2019 at 23:55 hours
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