Court Registry Officer Āpiha Whakarite Kōti/Ture
Court registry officers assist with the day-to-day operation of courts. They handle court documents, schedules and may support the judge in running court hearings.
Court registry officers may do some or all of the following:
- process documents, such as marriage certificates, for the public
- answer questions from the public about court sittings and legal documents
- process court orders, court summons (when you are called to come to court), warrants to arrest and notices
- schedule court hearings
- swear in witnesses and read out charges
- document court proceedings for transcriptionists (people who record what is said in court)
- prepare and maintain case files
- liaise with police, judges and lawyers.
Useful experience for court registry officers includes:
- work as a legal secretary or law clerk, or other work in a law office
- court work
- administration work
- work with the public.
Court registry officers need to be:
- able to work well under pressure
- able to relate to people from a range of cultures
- able to understand complex information and explain it clearly to members of the public
- confident and capable in front of a large audience
- reliable and able to keep information confidential.
Court registry officers need to have knowledge of:
- court processes
- the order of court proceedings
- legal terms and methods.
Court registry officers:
- usually work regular business hours, but may work evenings if a court hearing is running late
- work in offices and courtrooms, although collections registry officers work from home.
NCEA Level 2 is required to become a court registry officer. Useful subjects include English, history and classical studies, languages, social studies and te reo Māori.
Court registry officers can specialise as collections registry officers.
- Collections Registry Officer
- Collections registry officers advise people how to pay their fines, and negotiate with the public to collect overdue fines.
Years Of Training
To become a court registry officer you need to have:
- NCEA Level 2
- a current driver's licence.
However, employers often prefer you to also have a tertiary qualification such as a certificate in administration.