Courtroom Deputy - U.S. District Court
Courtroom Deputy - U.S. District Court Alexandria, VA
CLASSIFICATION LEVEL/SALARY RANGE: CL 26 - CL 27 ($52,440 - $93,638) Actual starting salary dependent upon qualifications.
POSITION OVERVIEW: This position is located in the Clerk’s Office of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division. The incumbent manages the court docket, performs full courtroom duties, prepares orders and judgments, and processes all court-related documents.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Assists with the management of judge’s cases by calendaring and regulating their movement; monitoring filing of pertinent documents and timely responses to judicial orders; and setting dates and times for hearings, trials, and conferences. Keeps judge and immediate staff informed of case progress. Attends court sessions and assists with orderly flow of proceedings including but not limited to setting up the courtroom, assuring presence of all necessary participants, and managing exhibits. Takes notes of proceedings and rulings and prepares minute entries. Drafts judgments for the judge’s approval. Informs jury department of upcoming trials, need for jurors, etc. Assists judge and parties in jury selection and compiles records of jury selection and attendance. Acts as liaison among clerk’s office, the bar and the judge to ensure cases proceed smoothly. Serves as a source of information on scheduling conferences, hearings, trials, and other case processes. Performs other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS: Two years of progressively responsible experience related to the processing of legal documents and monitoring legal procedures, use of specialized terminology, and demonstrated ability to apply a body of rules, regulations, directives, or laws. One of the two years specialized experience must be equivalent to work at the CL-25. Experience in a court environment is preferred. Experience in the federal judiciary and experience with hosting and organizing remote video and telephonic meetings via Skype and ZOOM are highly desirable. Other Requirements: Ability to effectively communicate with judges, counsel and other court employees. The incumbent must use good judgment and tact. The incumbent should have the ability to communicate with and serve customers well, to work independently, as well as collaboratively as part of a team, and multitask. Ability to take notes and summarize for minute entries. Ability to learn and use automated systems to accomplish work. Knowledge of and skill in the use of automated systems.
EDUCATION: High school graduation or equivalent required. College degree preferred.
BENEFITS A generous benefits package is available and includes 13-26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 10 paid holidays per year, immediate matching contributions in the Thrift Savings Plan, pre-tax programs (health, dependent care and transportation), and insurance plans (i.e., health, life, disability, and long-term care). Transit Subsidy program is available.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT Employees must be United States citizens or eligible to work in the United States. Employees are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees, which is available to applicants to review upon request. Employees of the United States District Court are Excepted Service Appointments. Excepted service appointments are at will and can be terminated with or without cause by the Court. Employees will be hired provisionally pending the results of a full background investigation. Employees are required to use the Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) for payroll deposit.
The United States District Court is an Equal Opportunity Employer