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Official Job Title: Court Security Specialist - General Magistrate Division (County Funded)
  Court Security
  $31,332.86 ANNUAL ( County Funded ) ( FULLTIME ) + Benefits
40 hours per week
Occupation Code: JA Court Security Specialist
Working Title: Court Security Specialist

This is specialized, public contact and security related work providing for the physical safety of judges, general magistrates, court employees, and visitors to the court during official court hearings. Employees in this class are responsible for a variety of duties in connection with official proceedings in courtrooms and chambers. This position works with all judges and general magistrates of the Family Court Division.

• Ensures that courtrooms and chambers are ready for use; makes certain that all parties and clerical support personnel are in attendance; brings general magistrate’s materials to the courtroom, announces the general magistrate and calls court to order.
• Maintains order during court sessions and remains alert to possible disturbances.
• Provides security for the general magistrate in attendance and obtains materials needed during proceedings.
• Restrains persons and escorts them out of the court upon general magistrate’s directive and escorts persons held in contempt of court to proper authorities.
• Calls witnesses into court for testifying and sees that they remain outside of courtroom during trials.
• Puts in order needed files for motion hearings and places in proper sequence; ensures that all necessary files are on hand.
• Performs related work as required.

Graduation from a standard high school or the equivalent and experience in security work, law enforcement or military service that provides the following knowledge, abilities, and skills:
• Considerable knowledge of established procedures for the conduct of judicial proceedings in courtroom and chambers.
• Knowledge of local instructions and rules of practice issued by judges.
• Some knowledge of established procedures in the flow of official business between the Office of the Clerk of Courts and courtrooms.
• Some knowledge of the use of legal instruments and records pertinent to the court of assignment.
• Ability to establish rapport with judges, general magistrates, hearing officers, law enforcement personnel, and employees of the court system and the Clerk of the Courts.
• Ability to deal with jurors, witnesses, attorneys and the general public with necessary tact and courtesy.
• Ability to remain alert and observant with attention to necessary detail during the conduct of court sessions.
• Ability to maintain composure in the event of courtroom disturbances and to restrain persons creating such disturbances effectively.
• Ability to react quickly in following judges’ directives in emergencies which arise during court sessions.
• Ability to follow all established procedures previous to, during and following the conclusion of court sessions.
• Willingness to work extended hours as the occasion demands.
• Willingness to follow requirements of official conduct as a representative of the court system.

Physical Demands:
Work involves a significant amount of standing, walking, sitting, talking, listening, balancing, stooping, and reaching with hands and arms; must be able to transfer up to 25 pounds.

Supplemental Questions
Do you have a High School diploma or its equivalent?
Do you have experience in any of the following areas: military service, law enforcement or security?
Do you have experience as a Bailiff?
How many years of experience do you have in security work, law enforcement or military service?
Are you currently employed by the Eleventh Judicial Circuit?