Bailiff /law Clerk
The candidate will perform job duties and responsibilities and provide legal analysis and support to the Judge or Commissioner to ensure the efficient operation of the Division. Complete legal research and work required in managing the division’s pending motions list and resolving issues that arise during conferences, hearings and trials. Perform legal research and analysis and prepare memoranda and orders pertaining to motions, pleadings, summary judgments and legal correspondence. Assist and communicate with the Judge or Commissioner and provide facts and law, legal conclusions and recommendations to resolve legal issues in pending cases. Check work queues and run statistical reports to determine motions and filings pending in the division. Track time limits for filing of responsive pleadings and determine ripeness of issues for Judge or Commissioner’s ruling. Enforce attorney and party compliance with the state and local court rules by written or oral communication or court rulings as directed by the judge. Ensure the Division’s legal publications and materials are up to date. Cross-train job responsibilities and cover for absent Division staff whenever needed. Review relevant training resources and court policies as required. Perform related work as required to include but not limited to serve on teams/committees as assigned, cross-train for other jobs as assigned, and work on special projects as assigned. Monitor and manage the division’s open case inventory as directed and provide whatever administrative support is necessary to meet court time standards for judicial rulings and case dispositions. Inform Judge or Commissioner of case activity and scheduling concerns. Perform necessary duties in setting hearings, conferences, reviews, meetings and trials, docketing actions taken by the Judge or Commissioner in pending cases and completing work required to move cases to timely conclusion. Contact attorneys to request proposed orders and judgments or supplemental documents. Run reports to track new cases assigned to the division and cases without future hearings. Prepare courtroom for use and provide courtroom surveillance during proceedings, manage jury during jury trials and serve in the courtroom as otherwise needed. May include, monitor and maintain security in the courtroom during proceedings. Check and confirm electronic equipment in the courtroom is in operating condition and see that necessary repairs and adjustments are made. Ensure recording of courtroom proceedings as required, by digital recording or Division court reporter. Record appearances of parties and attorneys at hearings; open and close court sessions. Administer and take oaths. Instruct jurors and monitor juror activities during jury trials and communicate with the Judge regarding any unusual activities or information received from a jury. Order meals for jury and pick up food from places that do not deliver. Collect and provide information to jurors and contact employer regarding a juror’s service. Supervise sequestered juries requiring possible overnight stays and irregular work hours. Arrange for interpreter services. Make calls to adjust courtroom temperature. Perform general clerical duties relating to operation of the judicial division and as requested by the Judge or Commissioner. File documents, make copies, requisition and pick up supplies. Run errands for Judge or Commissioner and other Division staff. Preserve or scan and complete data entry required for keeping the electronic case record; docket pleadings, orders and judgments received or generated in Division. Act as Judge or Commissioner liaison for internal and external contacts with the judicial division. Communicate with attorneys, parties, agency representatives and other Court departments and staff at instruction of the Judge or the Commissioner or other member of Division staff. Facilitate in chambers hearings, conferences and meetings and telephone conferences. Consult with Judge or Commissioner and the court public information officer concerning media requests.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have Knowledge of principles, practices, methods, techniques of the law. Must have Knowledge of business and legal technical English, spelling and punctuation; must be micro-computer literate. Should have Computer, telephone, copy machine, fax, courtroom electronic equipment and sound system, automobile, paper and electronic files, legal documents, state Judicial Information System (JIS), e-Filing/e-Bench and Casenet. (Position NOT authorized to carry a firearm.). Ability to communicate ideas and present materials clearly, and concisely, both orally and in writing is required. Must have ability to establish, and maintain effective working relationships with others. Should have ability to produce clear, complete, and logical reports, letters, memoranda, legal documents. Ability to apply legal principles, and specialized knowledge to individual cases, and problems is required. Must have ability to analyze, appraise and organize facts, evidence, and precedents and prepare written recommendations and/or opinions. Should preferable have ability to make work decisions in accordance with laws, regulations, and departmental policies and procedures. Ability to deal effectively with the public and to create a helpful atmosphere is required. Deadline 31-12-21.
Posting No.: 2021002
16th Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri
Independence Courthouse Annex
2nd Floor , 308 West Kansas
Independence, MO 64050