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Court Legal Adviser Careers

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Work Environment:

Court legal advisers (also recognized as court clerks) within Wales and England, are entitled lawyers who give advices to magistrates regarding the law.

Your main tasks as a court legal adviser would be to clarify the law and legal proceedings to magistrates and other concerned in the licensing committees, Youth Court and Family Proceedings court, as magistrates work on a voluntary basis and don't require qualifications in law. You'd never judge a case yourself, though you may give advices on probable options of sentencing.

In addition to giving advices on the law, your job will also comprise:

  • gathering statistics of case and studying legal issues
  • arranging for sessions of court and ensuring that all related exhibits and papers are available

  • handling legal aid-applications
  • administering schedules of court
  • giving training to magistrates
  • reading claims to court
You'd work intimately with magistrates, solicitors, social workers, police officers and probation staff.

Qualification, Education and Experience:

To become a legal adviser, you should have accomplished the academic training phase to be a barrister/solicitor.

You'll first necessitate an acknowledged degree in law or postgraduate qualification in law (GDL (Graduate Diploma into Law) or CPE (Common Professional-Examination)), with either of the following:

  • BPTC (Bar Professional-Training Course) to be a barrister
  • LPC (Legal Practice-Course) for solicitors
By accomplishing a training contract after your BPTC or LPC, preferably you should also have completely qualified as a barrister or solicitor. Though, if you've accomplished BPTC or LPC, although not accomplished a training-contract, courts might appoint you as a trainee court legal adviser.

You'll discover it to be helpful to have preceding experience of serving as a magistrate, and to encompass administration and customer service skills. You'll also be required to get through with a CRB-check.

Training Details:

Being a court legal adviser receiving training, you'll pursue a structured on the job induction scheme arranged by court. Most of the training schemes take around 1 to 2 years.

Generally, you'd begin by observing experienced mentors and court procedures. You may then give advices on one specific area like fines enforcement, road traffic courts, sentencing, trials, or licensing, before comprising the complete range of this job at the completion of training.

This training might comprise Third and Fourth levels NVQ into Legal Advice which have newly been created for court legal advisers. For further details, contact the Open University Awarding-Body or Skills for Justice.

Skills and knowledge:

  • professional-detachment while handling emotionally challenging cases
  • excellent written and verbal abilities
  • the capability to work under-pressure
  • discretion, to handle confidential data
  • the capability to clarify complex proceedings and laws
  • excellent research and organizational abilities
  • diplomacy, patience and a non judgmental manner
  • impartiality and an analytical approach

Salary and Other Benefits:

  • Initial remunerations can be about £21,500 for trainee legal advisers having the BPTC/LPC, or £29,000 for those advisers who have accomplished the BPTC/LPC and a training-contract.
  • After completing training, remunerations can boost to around £30,000 to £45,000 for a year.

Working Conditions:

You'd work for normal office hours, on weekdays. You may also work on part time basis.

You'd be working at a court of magistrate and work within both offices and courtrooms. Sometimes, you might be required to work in various courts within a region. Formal outfit is anticipated.

Different Opportunities:

You'd be hired by Her Majesty's Courts-Service to work at courts of magistrate within Wales and England. Employment openings are publicized by the national and regional press, and website of the HM Court Service.

By experience, you can be a district judge, or you can advance to justice's clerk who is liable for managing several courts in a region.

Then again, you can enter in private practice as a barrister/solicitor, or proceed to join the Crown Prosecution-Service as a Crown Advocate or Crown Prosecutor.

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