Career Opportunities with the Twelfth Judicial Circuit

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability.

If you need an accommodation in order to participate in the application/selection process, please call (941) 861-7811 or the Florida Relay Service, 711 or 1 (800) 955-8771

Career Opportunities

Position Type: 25+ hours per week, with some flexibility in scheduling
Position Available: Immediately
Hourly Rate: $13.63/hour

The Twelfth Judicial Circuit has an opening for a Legal Assistant, reporting to the Family Magistrate. The position requires someone who is self-motivated, has a keen eye for detail, completes assignments timely, and has the ability to maintain the confidentiality and sensitivity of matters before the Magistrate. The successful candidate must have the ability to ensure that all persons are treated with courtesy, dignity and respect, while providing equal access to the Court through very detailed administrative work.

The Legal Assistant performs a variety of secretarial, administrative and clerical duties for the Family Magistrate in managing the daily office operations. A variety of working relationships are established with State Courts System personnel, judges and non-judicial officers, judicial assistants and the general public. The Legal Assistant works independently and exercises discretion in dealing with confidential and sensitive information relating to court cases. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Family Magistrate and Child Support Hearing Officer.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Answers telephone calls and assists callers;
  • Directs callers to other departments as appropriate
  • Drafts, types and emails daily dockets;
  • Drafts and processes recommended orders;
  • Prepares and processes final orders for the presiding judge;
  • Maintains the calendar for the Magistrate and schedules hearings as appropriate.

Skills/knowledge/abilities needed

  • Legal experience necessary; family law experience preferred but not required;
  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office (Word 2013 and Outlook Express);
  • Knowledge of the rules of English grammar, spelling, punctuation;
  • Ability to compose, proofread, and edit correspondence and reports;
  • Communicate clearly and effectively;
  • Interact effectively with the general public;
  • Maintain confidentiality concerning sensitive information;
  • Work under pressure and meet deadlines;
  • Establish work priorities;
  • Analyze court files for completeness of appropriate legal documentation;

Education

Associate’s degree and one year of experience in business administration, paralegal, secretarial skills or a closely related field. Additional relevant experience may substitute for the recommended education al level on a year-for-year basis. 

Apply

Email (preferred), fax or mail resumes, cover letter and completed State of Florida Employment Application to Human Resources Manager, Court Administration, P. O. Box 48927, Sarasota, FL 34230; fax (941) 861-7904; email hr@jud12.flcourts.org.

*If you do not submit a State of Florida application, you will not be considered. If you have submitted a State of Florida application directly to the Twelfth Judicial Circuit within the past 12 months, please indicate--you will not be required to submit a new application.

The successful applicant will be subject to a Criminal Background Check. The Florida State Courts System is a criminal justice agency.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability. If you need an accommodation in order to participate in the application/selection process, please call 941-861-7811.

Pursuant to 110.205(2)(c) of the Florida Statutes, employment with the State Courts System is not covered under the Career Service System and all employees of the State System serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and do not attain tenure rights.

Contractual Opportunities

Position Type: Contractual
Position Available: Immediately
Hourly Rate: $75 / hour for therapy ($25 - $50 for court appearance)

FDLE has approved all services below. 

The Twelfth Judicial Circuit is accepting applications from licensed mental health therapists (LCSW, LMHC, Psy.D, Ph.D) for clinical counseling services for its Behavioral Health Court. This court is also locally known as Mental Health Court. The provider will be responsible for providing the counseling services in its own office which must be located in Sarasota County. Provider will be an independent contractual service provider with the Court. Qualified individuals will be placed on an approved list and will be referred appropriate cases on an as needed basis by the Health Care Court Administrator

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Regularly scheduled individual meetings (no more than twice monthly absent court approval otherwise) per client
  • Evaluations, assessments and counseling of Behavioral Health Court clients
  • Conduct group sessions as necessary at Treatment Court Office
  • Regular consultation with Health Care Court Administrator
  • Attendance at court hearings as necessary
  • Procurement of medical release in order to share information related to the client with the Health Care Court Administrator for use in the court proceeding
  • Documentation of all evaluations, progress notes, as requested by Health Care Court Administrator
  • Commitment to see the client for the duration of the court case absent significant unforeseen circumstances
  • Sign an agreement memorializing these duties and the payment arrangements

Payment as Follows:

  • The Court will pay $75 per hour of therapy (including any necessary documentation associated with the therapy) for two sessions per month per client. A client may receive more counseling if approved by the Court. A counselor may utilize a client’s insurance if the client has insurance and the counselor prefers to do so; however, the Court will not pay the hourly rate if insurance is also billed.
  • The Court will pay $75 for each initial evaluation and assessment. This may require a visit to the Sarasota County Jail.
  • The Court will pay $50 for a live court appearance and/or $25 for a telephonic court appearance, with discretion to be determined by the court.
  • The Court will pay $75 per hour for group therapy (including any necessary documentation associated with the therapy).

Services will be invoiced on a monthly basis outlining days and hours worked, including backup documentation for clients served and services provided. Due to federal grant guidelines, these contractual counseling services contracts will be awarded on an annual basis and must be renewed annually. All applicants are further advised that the Additional Contract Provisions, “Attachment A”, are required to be included in all contracts.

To Apply

Please read the 2018 Selection and Submission Criteria.  

The Court reserves the right to limit the number of counselors participating and/or add counselors based upon special needs or location. All applicants will be subject to criminal background checks on an annual basis.

Contract award is subject to FDLE JAG Program Standard Conditions and additional Federal Grant Requirements (2 CFR Part 200), see attached.

Position Type: Contractual
Position Available: Immediately
Hourly Rate: Up to $100/hour (based on qualifications)

The Twelfth Judicial Circuit is accepting resumes for an ARNP to participate in Treatment Court Program services. This position will be responsible for operations in both Sarasota and Manatee counties and will be an independent contractual service provider. Estimated workweek will be 25-30 hours total.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Evaluations of Treatment Court clients
  • Physical and Mental Health Services
    • Including Prescription Drug review and monitoring
    • Referral to outside agencies/community partners for primary care needs, HIV testing, affordable psychiatric medications, etc. and follow up with outside agencies as needed
    • Must provide scale and blood pressure cuff
  • Regular consultation with staff, including attending staffings and Court hearings as necessary
  • Regularly scheduled meetings (weekly or monthly, as needed) with clients
  • Documentation of all evaluations, progress notes, etc. on site (both in hard copy evaluation form and data entry into the FDCCMS database)
  • Providing monthly stats/reports regarding services provided to clients (including number of clients seen for the month, number of clients referred out for the month, number of follow up services, etc.)
  • Participating in Program audits as necessary

Services will be invoiced on a monthly basis outlining days and hours worked including backup documentation for clients served and service provided. Contract period ends September 30th and can be renewed for two additional one-year terms at the discretion of the Court subject to funding availability.

To Apply

To apply, please email a current resume including references and a per hour rate for services, to the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Human Resources Manager or submit by fax at (941) 861-7904.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability. 

If you need an accommodation in order to participate in the application/selection process, please call 941-861-7811 or the Florida Relay Service, 1-800-955-8771

Contact Information

Human Resources Manager

  • Address: Judge Lynn N.
    Silvertooth Judicial Center
    PO Box 48927
    Sarasota, Florida 34230
  • Phone: (941) 861-7800
  • Fax: (941) 861-7904
  • Email: hr@jud12.flcourts.org

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