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Courtroom Deputy/Case Administrator

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Job Specifications
Classification Level: 
CL 25/26
Salary Range: 
$48,307- $86,503
Location: 
Los Angeles
Opening Date: 
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Closing Date: 
Open until filled, preference given to applications received by November 11, 2020
Number of Positions: 
Two
Vacancy Number: 
21-01
Job Type: 
Full Time
Position Overview: 

The United States District Court and the Probation and Pretrial Services Office, is recruiting for two Courtroom Deputy/Case Administrator positions in the Western Division. The Courtroom Deputy/Case Administrator reports directly to the CRD Supervisor for District Judges or the CRD Supervisor for Magistrate Judges. The Courtroom Deputy/Case Administrator has primary responsibility for the performance of courtroom functions as a substitute courtroom deputy for district judges or magistrate judges and for maintaining and processing case information and managing the progression of cases from opening to final disposition. Occasional travel to divisional offices as assigned.

Representative Responsibilities: 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Attends court proceedings. Assists with the orderly flow of proceedings that include, but is not limited to, setting up the courtroom, assuring presence of all necessary participants, managing exhibits, assisting with jury selection, calling court to order, administering oaths, swearing witnesses, arranging for interpreters, operating courtroom technology.
  • Takes notes of proceedings and rulings, and prepares minute entries. Drafts judgments, verdict forms, and orders for judicial approval.
  • Informs jury department of upcoming trials, need for jurors, special requests, etc. Maintains records of jury selection and attendance. Assists the jury department with jury orientation.
  • Assisting in managing cases by calendaring, monitoring filing of pertinent documents and timely response to judicial orders, setting dates and times for hearings, trials and conferences, setting and tracking deadlines, examining all papers filed in an action assigned to the judge to determine whether they conform to the rules of practice.
  • Keeps judge and chambers staff informed of case progress. Answers procedural questions and acts as a source of information to attorneys and pro se litigants.
  • Acts as a liaison between the judge and other Clerk’s Office staff, Probation and Pretrial Services, the bar, the United States Marshal Service, the United States Attorney’s Office, the Federal Public Defender’s Office, other government agencies, and pro se litigants to ensure that cases proceed smoothly and efficiently.
  • Performs backup duties for magistrate judges’ or district Judges’ courtroom deputies, as required.
  • Review cases or reports for necessary action. Assist in the accurate statistical reporting
  • requirements of the Administrative Office.
  • Receives and reviews incoming documents to determine conformity with appropriate rules, practices and court requirements.
  • Makes summary entries of documents and proceedings on the docket. Prepares and transmits to appropriate parties such items as: notices, judgments and orders.
  • Reviews the quality of electronic filings made by outside users, ensuring that entries are appropriately and accurately docketed, and take other appropriate corrective action as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Skills/Qualifications: 
  • Candidates must be a high school graduate or equivalent.
  • To qualify at a CL-25, candidates must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to work at CL-24.
  • To qualify at a CL-26, candidate must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to work at CL-25.

Specialized experience is progressively responsible clerical or administrative experience requiring the regular and recurring application of clerical procedures that demonstrate the ability to apply abody of rules, regulations, directives, or laws and involve the routine use of specializedterminology and automated software or equipment for word processing, data entry or reportgeneration. Such experience is commonly gained in clerical and administrative support positionsfound in law firms, legal counsel offices, banking and credit firms, educational institutions, socialservice organizations, insurance companies, real estate and title offices, and corporate headquartersor human resources/payroll operations.

The successful candidate must possess:

  • A broad knowledge and understanding of policies and procedures of the Court, and of the federal and local rules.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Ability to interact with a wide variety of people tactfully and courteously.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team, providing assistance to co-workers and demonstrating a willingness to complete a wide variety of tasks as needed.
  • Ability to multitask under strict deadlines.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize work.
  • Ability to consistently demonstrate sound ethics and judgment.
  • Attentiveness to detail.
  • Knowledge of and skill in the use of applicable automated systems.
  • A professional appearance, demeanor and conduct appropriate for a court environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A college degree or paralegal certificate is preferred.
Physical Requirements: 

Work is primarily performed in an office setting. Occasional travel to other divisional offices may be required. Some lifting of boxes, moving of exhibits and court records is required. The position requires the ability to sit in court during court proceedings for prolonged periods of two to three hours at a time.

Benefits: 
  • United States District Court and the Probation and Pretrial Services Office employees are entitled to federal benefits such as: a defined benefit pension plan; a retirement savings plan including generous  matching contributions; paid vacation and sick leave; ten paid holidays per year; and choosing from an array of insurance plans including health, life, dental, vision, long term disability, long term care, and flexible spending programs.
  • Commuter subsidies are available to employees who use public transportation to and from work.
  • Extensive on-line training options. Travel for in-person training and professional conferences is available, funds permitting.
Information for Applicants: 
  • As a condition of employment, the successful candidate is required to undergo an FBI background check.
  • The successful candidate must be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States currently seeking citizenship or intending to become a citizen immediately after meeting the eligibility requirements.
  • This position is subject to mandatory electronic fund transfer (direct deposit) participation forpayment of net pay.
  • Expenses associated with interviews or relocation will not be reimbursed.
  • The United States District Court and the Probation and Pretrial Services Office requires employees to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Federal Judicial Employees, which is available on the Court’s website: www.cacd.uscourts.gov.

HOW TO APPLY:
For priority consideration, application packets should be submitted by email to apply_CACD@cacd.uscourts.gov. Attached documents must be in PDF format and the email should reference the position title and Vacancy No. 21-01. Complete application packets must include the following:

  1. a cover letter;
  2. a resume; and
  3. an application for Federal Branch Employment (visit the court’s website at www.cacd.uscourts.gov to download the job application).
  4. Applicants must submit a narrative statement addressing each factor listed below or the application will be rejected. Each factor should be addressed separately and include a description of the demonstrated experience that is directly related to the duties, responsibilities, and supplemental factors for this position.

a. Describe your progressive responsible clerical or administrative experience which provided a knowledge of legal procedure and/or legal pleadings. Include length of time and average number of hours per day performing these functions.
b. Describe your ability and work experience to professionally represent the court verbally and in writing.
c. Describe your work-related experience in managing multiple priorities and high-volume work.

Applicants scheduled to interview should advise the Human Resources staff if any accommodation will be necessary to interview.

The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this announcement, commence interviews immediately, withdraw the announcement, or fill the position at any time, any of which actions may occur without notice.

The Federal Judiciary is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer