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Judicial Support Specialist
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U.S. District Court | Victoria, TX
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Job Description

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas is seeking qualified applicants for its Judicial Support Specialist Program, which is a developmental program designed for individuals interested in career opportunities with the federal judiciary. A fully certified Judicial Support Specialist (JSS) performs a variety of critical duties for the Court, including opening of cases upon receipt of initiating documents, such as complaints, indictments or petitions; summarizing case events on the automated docket; assisting with the selection of juries; recording court proceedings electronically; certifying court records; ensuring data quality; and closing cases upon receipt of terminating documents, such as judgments and closing orders. 

The starting salary range for this position is CL 23 ($33,086 - $41,365) annually with promotional opportunity to CL 24 - CL 25 ($36,645 - $65,799).

Applications received by Sunday, November 4, 2018 will receive first consideration

Employees will be expected to assist customers with the use of publicly designated computer terminals and provide basic non-legal information to the public, bar and the Court. Limited cashiering duties associated with the collection of fines and fees as well as mail processing are required.

  • Docketing: Makes summary entries of all documents and proceedings on the docket and closes cases upon receipt of terminating documents, such as judgments and closing orders.
  • Jury: Assists in Jury Administration under direct supervision of Supervisor and/or Deputy-in-Charge on an as needed basis.
  • Appeals: Receives documents pertaining to a variety of case types, such as civil, criminal bankruptcy, tax, and administrative; identifies emergency motions and documents that require special handling and refers them to appropriate personnel with minimum delay; prepares case opening documents and transmits to appropriate parties; and closes cases upon receipt of terminating documents such as judgments and closing orders.
  • Intake: Receives, reviews and files incoming documents; collects appropriate fees; assures assignment of case numbers and randomly assigns cases to judges; prepares case file; routes documents to proper offices/persons after acceptance; verifies attorneys' authority to practice before the Court; and furnishes information to a wide variety of people within and outside of the Court.

JSS personnel will also be trained to serve as back-up to case managers, who act as liaison between the judicial officers and the bar; prepare statistical summaries on the status of cases; serve as a primary source of information on scheduling and case processes; attend trials, court sessions and conferences as needed; administer oaths to witnesses, juries and interpreters; assist with the orderly flow of court proceedings including, but not limited to, setting up courtrooms, assuring presence of all necessary participants and managing exhibits; and ensure that the record reflects any actions taken by the judge.


Qualified candidates must possess a high school diploma or equivalent, two years general progressively responsible clerical, office or other work that indicates the possession of, or the ability to acquire, the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position, and one to three years of experience requiring the application of clerical procedures, the routine use of keyboard skills, use of specialized terminology and demonstrated ability to apply a body of rules, regulations, directives or laws.

Applicants should be able to handle a large volume of work and possess the ability to multi-task, prioritize and manage his/her own workload. Excellent customer service, communication and organizational skills are also required.

Preference will be given to applicants who have a four-year college degree in related fields; experience and judgment with legal documents such as those that might be found in a law office or in another court of any jurisdiction, or prior paralegal experience.

Strong preference is given to candidates who have experience in both civil and criminal law.  Applicants must be able to work eight hours daily between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

The successful applicant must be a U.S. citizen or meet other limited criteria. Click on this link www.uscourts.gov for more information on the citizenship requirement


Benefits include participation in the retirement system, health and life insurance programs, holiday and leave accrual, and periodic salary increases. The Court is not authorized to reimburse candidates for travel or moving expenses. This position is subject to mandatory Electronic Funds Transfer participation for payment of net pay.
For additional information regarding benefits, go to http://www.uscourts.gov/careers/benefits.





About U.S. District Court

The U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas is one of the largest district courts among the country's 94 federal judicial districts. The district courts, combined with the appellate courts and the Supreme Court, make up the judicial branch of the federal government. The Southern District of Texas consists of the following seven divisional offices:  Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Galveston, Houston, Laredo, McAllen and Victoria.