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

Job Location: Sarasota County Judicial Center and Manatee County Judicial Center 
Position Number: 11980 
Position Available: July 1, 2021 (open until filled)
Annual Salary (non-negotiable): $52,917.55 (non-negotiable; State employees are paid on the last workday of each month). The successful candidate will be hired at the minimum salary.
Benefits include membership in the Florida Retirement System and a generous contribution by the State of Florida to health insurance premiums.

The job 
The Program Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of the Early Childhood Court (ECC), a specialty court to assist families with children ages zero to five in the dependency system.  This position will work in both the Sarasota County Judicial Center and Manatee County Judicial Center. Job responsibilities include: screening cases for eligibility for ECC; working as a liaison between the ECC judge and other community stakeholders; researching case histories, compiling statistical data, and preparing reports for court; leading family team meetings; participating in community stakeholder meetings; drafting case plans and progressive judicial review reports.  This position works independently under the supervision of the Court Operations Manager.
This position requires knowledge of the legal system; dependency court process and procedures. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Needed  
·       Knowledge of Juvenile Court procedures including dependency matters
·       Knowledge of Early Childhood Court Best Practice Standards
·       Knowledge of records management procedures
·       Ability to maintain confidentiality concerning sensitive issues before the court
·       Ability to communicate ideas clearly, concisely and logically, both orally and in writing with a diverse group of people. 
·       Strong writing skills.
·       Ability to create effective case plans. 
·       Ability to review court files for appropriate pleadings and legal documentation.

Education, Training and Experience Guidelines 
Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, or a closely related field and four (4) years of experience working in child welfare is required.  A master’s degree may substitute for one year of the required experience.  Knowledge of Early Childhood Court Best Practice Standards early childhood development, infant mental health and/or adolescent mental health and treatment interventions is preferable.  

Apply 
Interested applicants must submit a current State of Florida Application to the Human Resources Manager of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit. A cover letter and current resume are encouraged.  Application materials may be submitted electronically (preferred) or via mail delivery.  
Email: HR@jud12.flcourts.org
Twelfth Judicial Circuit 
Human Resources Manager 
P.O. Box 48927 
Sarasota, FL 34230
Fax (941) 861-7904

*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.

Position Type: Full-Time 
Position Available: Immediately 
Salary: $15.65/hour + benefits

The job
The Twelfth Judicial Circuit has an opening for a full-time laboratory technician to work with Sarasota County’s Treatment Court Programs. The lab technician is primarily responsible for the monitoring and collection of urine of treatment court clients. The lab technician will also be responsible for the overall operation of the urinalysis-testing component and the use of the breathalyzer machine to monitor abstinence, observes and collects urine/breath testing samples, directs testing of urine samples, analyzing and recording all test results for illegal drugs and alcohol. The employee will be responsible for observing male clients urinalysis, so only male applicants will be considered for this position.

Your daily responsibilities:

  • Monitors and tracks urine specimens for each client in both North County and South County locations;
  • acquire and maintain AU480 certification within 6 months of date of hire;
  • data entry and reports (maintain accurate and detailed statistical records); 
  • stays knowledgeable of lab policies and procedures and helps update as needed;
  • maintains equipment and chemical supplies;
  • supplies the Court with written and/or oral reports; 
  • attend court hearings as needed; and
  • inventories testing equipment and orders all testing supplies.

Skills, knowledge and abilities needed:

  • Basic knowledge of the legal system, court processes and procedures;
  • knowledge of and ability to develop lab policies and procedures;
  • knowledge of illegal substances and prescription drugs, masking agents, drug retention schedules and levels of substances for testing purposes;
  • knowledge of laws pertaining to probation, corrections, alcohol and drug treatment, and the criminal justice process; 
  • ability to organize and prioritize;
  • ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • ability to provide accurate data entry;
  • ability to maintain confidentiality;
  • ability to handle multiple tasks with deadline requirements;
  • ability to interact professionally and maintain an effective working relationship with supervisor, co-workers and the public; and
  • ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

Education
Bachelor’s degree in a related field or from a technical program is preferred however work experience and/or education equivalent combination may substitute for the degree requirement on a year to year basis.

Benefits
The Sarasota County Government benefit package includes health, dental and vision insurance; supplemental insurance (cancer, disability, and accident); Florida Retirement System membership; and paid time off.

Apply
Apply directly through Sarasota County Government Career Opportunities page (https://scgov.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/SCGOV/job/Main-Street-Plaza/Lab-Technician_R13442). You must complete the online application to be considered for this position. Cover letters are encouraged.

Job Location: Either Sarasota County Judicial Center or Manatee County Judicial Center
Position Number: TBD
Position Available: July 1, 2021 (open until filled)
Hourly Rate (non-negotiable): $17.36/hour (non-negotiable); this is an Other Personal Services (OPS) state-funded position. The position is paid hourly and is budgeted to work up to 40 hours per week. OPS employees are eligible for State of Florida health benefits, but do not accrue holiday, sick or vacation leave. This hourly position is not eligible to participate in the Florida Retirement System. 

The job
The civil case manager assists the civil divisions of the circuit and county courts by providing case management and administrative support. Responsibilities include various clerical and administrative tasks, reviewing civil paperwork in cases set for hearing; maintaining statistics, setting hearings, preparing dockets, and working closely with the civil division judges, their assistants, case management staff and other court personnel. 

This is a high-volume division of the court. Candidates must be proficient using computers and Microsoft Word and able to generate multiple documents for mailing. Attention to detail is important. 

This position requires basic knowledge of the legal system, civil court processes and procedures and the following skills and abilities: 

·         Analyze court files for completeness of appropriate legal documentation and the ability to move cases through the court process; 
·         Work independently, as well as with a team; 
·         Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; 
·         Establish work priorities; 
·         Appropriately work with litigants who are under the stress inherent in civil legal conflicts; 
·         Understand the limitations of services of case management and what constitutes the unauthorized practice of law; and
·         Maintain confidentiality concerning sensitive issues before the court. 

Qualifications
Two years of related case management or administrative, clerical or word processing experience is required. Bachelor’s degree is preferred, but not required. 

Apply
Interested applicants must submit a current State of Florida Application to the Human Resources Manager of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit. A cover letter explaining your interest and availability and current resume are also required.   Application materials may be submitted electronically (preferred) or via mail delivery.  

Email: HR@jud12.flcourts.org
Twelfth Judicial Circuit
Human Resources Manager
P.O. Box 48927
Sarasota, FL 34230
Fax (941) 861-7904

*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.

 

Job Location: Sarasota County Judicial Center and Manatee County Judicial Center 
Position Number: 12032 
Position Available: July 1, 2021 (open until filled)
Annual Salary (non-negotiable): $52,917.55 (non-negotiable; State employees are paid on the last workday of each month). The successful candidate will be hired at the minimum salary.
Benefits include membership in the Florida Retirement System and a generous contribution by the State of Florida to health insurance premiums.

The job 
The Program Coordinator is responsible for supervising the case management of cases in the civil division of the circuit and county courts and the Court Program Specialists currently serving as case managers. This position will work in both the Sarasota County Judicial Center and Manatee County Judicial Center. Job responsibilities include: implementing civil case management policies and procedures; complying with case time frames as established by the Florida Supreme Court and local requirements; training staff; coordinating case management and administrative support to the civil division judges; establishing and maintaining a circuit-wide statistical program; reviewing civil paperwork; and working closely with the civil division judges, their assistants, other case managers, court personnel, attorneys and pro se litigants. In addition, this position shall act as the circuit's Data Control Quality Manager. This position works independently under the supervision of the Court Operations Manager and/or Chief Deputy Court Administrator.

This position requires knowledge of the legal system; civil court processes and procedures. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Needed  
·       Analyze court files for completeness of appropriate legal documentation and the ability to move cases through the foreclosure court process.
·       Work independently, as well as with a team.
·       Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
·       Establish work priorities.
·       Appropriately handle litigants who are under the stress inherent in foreclosure-related legal conflicts.
·       Maintain confidentiality concerning sensitive issues before the court.
·       Maintain effective working relationships with other court personnel, outside agencies, legal professionals, litigants, and the general public.
·       Understand the limitations of services of case management and what constitutes the unauthorized practice of law. 
·       Understand and often apply legal concepts, laws, and rules of procedure when performing case management tasks.

Education, Training and Experience Guidelines
A bachelor’s degree in public or business administration, criminal justice, psychology, sociology, or closely related field and three years of related case management experience. Juris doctorate degree may substitute for the experience.

Apply 
Interested applicants must submit a current State of Florida Application to the Human Resources Manager of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit. A cover letter and current resume are encouraged.  Application materials may be submitted electronically (preferred) or via mail delivery.  

Email: HR@jud12.flcourts.org 
Twelfth Judicial Circuit
Human Resources Manager
P.O. Box 48927
Sarasota, FL 34230
Fax (941) 861-7904

*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.

Job Location: Manatee County Judicial Center
Position Number: 012007
Position Available: July 1, 2021
Annual Salary: $55,000 (non-negotiable; State employees are paid on the last 
workday of each month) The successful candidate will be hired at the minimum salary.
Benefits include membership in the Florida Retirement System and a generous contribution by the State to health insurance premiums.

The job
The Twelfth Judicial Circuit has an opening for a Court Interpreter. The essential function of the Court Interpreter is to interpret legal proceedings, and translate forms and documents, from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English for non-English-speaking persons and limited-English-proficient persons in court proceedings to ensure due process. The position requires fluency in both English and Spanish, and the proficiency to read and write both Spanish and English. Some travel may be required between Manatee, Sarasota and DeSoto counties.

Work is performed under the general supervision of the Court Operations Manager.  

A few of your daily responsibilities:

  • Interpret legal proceedings and translate forms from English to Spanish/Spanish to English;
  • Schedule contractual interpreters to cover court events; 
  • Maintain statistics and prepare statistical reports concerning the number and type of interpreting tasks performed.

Some of the skills, knowledge and abilities needed:

  • Effective and concise written and oral communication;
  • Strong computer skills and ability to use computer applications such as Microsoft Office products and Microsoft Outlook;
  • Must be able to work independently;
  • Ability to interact professionally with Judges, judicial assistants, the public, other interpreters, Clerk’s office personnel, OSCA, local agencies, State Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, Sheriff’s Office and court staff in Manatee, Sarasota and DeSoto counties;
  • Ability to learn court system software such as Benchmark and aiSmartbench. 

Education and Certification License Requirements:

·   Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four year college or university in either English, Spanish, or any subject closely related to the field of law is preferred. 
·   Two years of court interpreting experience is required.  
·   Years of interpreting experience and/or legal related experience may substitute for the recommended educational level, or any equivalent combination of education and experience. 

Interpreters are required to be familiar with the Florida Rules for Certification and Regulation of Spoken Language Interpreters and must adhere to the Code of Professional Conduct.  

Preference will be given to applicants who already possess a valid Certified Court Interpreter designation issued by the Florida State Courts System, Office of the State Courts Administrator, as defined in Rule 14.205. Applicants who hold the Provisionally Approved designation as defined in Rule 14.215 will be considered; however, if selected for the position, Interpreter must become certified within one year of being employed in a court interpreter position pursuant to Rule 14.205(c).

Apply
Interested applicants must submit a current State of Florida Application to the Human Resources Manager of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit. A cover letter and current resume are encouraged. Application materials may be submitted electronically (preferred) or via mail delivery.  

Email: HR@jud12.flcourts.org
Twelfth Judicial Circuit
Human Resources Manager
P.O. Box 48927
Sarasota, FL 34230
Fax (941)861-7904

*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.

Job Location: DeSoto County Courthouse
Position Number: 012008
Position Available: July 1, 2021
Annual Salary: $55,000 (non-negotiable; State employees are paid on the last 
workday of each month) The successful candidate will be hired at the minimum salary.
Benefits include membership in the Florida Retirement System and a generous contribution by the State to health insurance premiums.

The job
The Twelfth Judicial Circuit has an opening for a Court Interpreter. The essential function of the Court Interpreter is to interpret legal proceedings, and translate forms and documents, from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English for non-English-speaking persons and limited-English-proficient persons in court proceedings to ensure due process. The position requires fluency in both English and Spanish, and the proficiency to read and write both Spanish and English. Some travel may be required between Manatee, Sarasota and DeSoto counties.

This position is based in Desoto County and will also assist Spanish speaking self-represented litigants in the Self Help Center as well as in conjunction with the family division case manager to assist them in completing necessary forms/paperwork.

Work is performed under the general supervision of the Court Operations Manager.  

A few of your daily responsibilities:

  • Interpret legal proceedings and translate forms from English to Spanish/Spanish to English;
  • Schedule contractual interpreters to cover court events; 
  • Maintain statistics and prepare statistical reports concerning the number and type of interpreting tasks performed. 

Some of the skills, knowledge and abilities needed:

  • Effective and concise written and oral communication;
  • Strong computer skills and ability to use computer applications such as Microsoft Office products and Microsoft Outlook;
  • Must be able to work independently;
  • Ability to interact professionally with Judges, judicial assistants, the public, other interpreters, Clerk’s office personnel, OSCA, local agencies, State Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, Sheriff’s Office and court staff in Manatee, Sarasota and DeSoto counties;
  • Ability to learn court system software such as Benchmark and aiSmartbench. 
  • Education and Certification License Requirements:

Education and Certification License Requirements

·   Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four year college or university in either English, Spanish, or any subject closely related to the field of law is preferred. 
·   Two years of court interpreting experience is required.  
·   Years of interpreting experience and/or legal related experience may substitute for the recommended educational level, or any equivalent combination of education and experience. 

Interpreters are required to be familiar with the Florida Rules for Certification and Regulation of Spoken Language Interpreters and must adhere to the Code of Professional Conduct.  

Preference will be given to applicants who already possess a valid Certified Court Interpreter designation issued by the Florida State Courts System, Office of the State Courts Administrator, as defined in Rule 14.205. Applicants who hold the Provisionally Approved designation as defined in Rule 14.215 will be considered; however, if selected for the position, Interpreter must become certified within one year of being employed in a court interpreter position pursuant to Rule 14.205(c).

Apply
Interested applicants must submit a current State of Florida Application to the Human Resources Manager of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit. A cover letter and current resume are encouraged. Application materials may be submitted electronically (preferred) or via mail delivery.  

Email: HR@jud12.flcourts.org
Twelfth Judicial Circuit
Human Resources Manager
P.O. Box 48927
Sarasota, FL 34230
Fax (941)861-7904

*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.

Job Locations: Manatee County Judicial Center; Sarasota County Judicial Center 
Position Number: 009346 (Manatee); 11415 (Sarasota)
Position available: Immediately (Manatee); July 1, 2021 (Sarasota) - both open until filled
Monthly Salary: $4,077.10 (monthly for members of the Florida Bar) $3,669.39 (monthly if awaiting results of the Florida Bar or prior to taking the Florida Bar Exam). The successful candidate will be hired at the minimum salary.
Benefits include membership in the Florida Retirement System and a generous contribution by the State to health insurance premiums.

*Applications and resumes will be reviewed as they are received.  Interested candidates are encouraged to apply early.

The job
The essential function of the Trial Court Staff Attorney position is research and writing of legal memoranda, draft opinions, orders and reports; conduct legal research; review briefs and case files in numerous areas of law, including appeals from county court (both civil and criminal), complex civil litigation, constitutional questions, complex family law cases and criminal matters, including post-conviction motions and related civil matters such as petitions for extraordinary relief filed by or on behalf of sentenced inmates, pretrial detainees and other litigants.
Work is performed under the general supervision of the Circuit’s Senior Staff Attorneys, Court Administrator and Judges, and is reviewed in progress, as necessary, and upon completion.  One position will be based in Manatee County and one position will be based in Sarasota County.

Education and Training Guidelines
Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school.    

Licenses, Certifications and Registrations Required
Requires membership in the Florida Bar within one year of hire. 

Examples of Work Performed
·       Conducts legal research of substantive and procedural legal matters, and drafts/prepares legal documents, such as opinions, judgments, post-conviction orders, memoranda or orders concerning extraordinary writs;
·       Drafts proposed orders for motions filed in and issues arising during death penalty cases; drafts proposed orders imposing a life-or-death sentence in death penalty cases; 
·       Reviews files, evidence, depositions, pleadings, motions, legal briefs and memoranda of law, proposed orders and other related documentation in order to advice judges in a variety of legal areas; 
·       Provides immediate legal research and recommendations required by judges conducting court sessions;
·       Attends staff meetings to exchange information; attends technical or professional workshops, seminars or conferences to improve professional skills; attends hearings as required; 
·       Assists the circuit court appellate division by drafting bench briefs and/or appellate opinions. 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
This position requires knowledge of the legal system; criminal and civil court processes and procedures, and the knowledge, skills and abilities listed below.  

Knowledge: Legal principles, statutory and case law, court rules and procedures, legal publications, Florida State Courts System.

Skills: Manual legal research; computerized legal research, including Westlaw and Lexis-Nexis; legal writing and drafting. 

Abilities: Reason logically and analytically; grasp, comprehend and analyze complex legal issues and complicated factual details; digest and communicate ideas and concepts orally and in writing; exercise discretion, confidentiality, impartiality and honesty. 

Apply
Interersted applicants must submit a current and complete State of Florida Application, resume, cover letter, writing sample, law school transcripts and copy of Florida Bar card. Application materials may be submitted electronically (preferred) or via mail delivery.  

Fax: 941-861-7904
Email:  HR@jud12.flcourts.org

Human Resources Manager
Court Administration
Judge Lynn N. Silvertooth Judicial Center
P.O. Box 48927
Sarasota, Florida 34230

*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 do not need to submit it again.
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 941-749-3600 ext. 1791.
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.

Job Location: Manatee County Judicial Center
Position Number: 11707
Position Available: Immediately, open until filled
Annual Salary (non-negotiable): $32,092.77 (non-negotiable; State employees are paid on the last workday of each month). The successful candidate will be hired at the minimum salary.
Benefits include membership in the Florida Retirement System and a generous contribution by the State to health insurance premiums.

The job
The Twelfth Judicial Circuit has an opening for a Floater Judicial Assistant (JA) position based in Manatee County.  The Floater JA position performs a variety of secretarial, administrative and clerical duties for the judges and their judicial assistants in the management of the daily operations of an office or program, i.e., JACS scheduling and case management. The position requires someone with legal experience who is self-motivated, has a keen eye for detail and can handle a wide variety of tasks. Working relationships are established with State Courts System personnel, judges, judicial assistants and non-judicial officers, vendors and the general public. The Floater JA works independently and exercises discretion in dealing with confidential and sensitive information relating to the court cases. Work is performed under general supervision.

Knowledge, skills and abilities
This position requires basic knowledge of the legal system; court processes and procedures; and the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:  

  • Knowledge of the rules of English grammar, spelling, punctuation
  • Compose, proofread, and edit correspondence and reports
  • Compute basic mathematical and statistical functions such as percentages and averages
  • Communicate clearly and effectively
  • Interact effectively with the general public
  • Maintain confidentiality concerning sensitive information
  • Work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Establish work priorities
  • Work independently
  • Organize and automate office procedures and maintain an effective filing system
  • Ability to plan, organize and complete special assignments with minimum supervision
  • Analyze court files for completeness of appropriate legal documentation
  • Maintain effective working relationships with other court personnel, outside agencies, legal professionals, and the general public

Qualifications
A high school diploma and four years of administrative, secretarial or staff support experience, one year of which must be in a senior secretary or comparable position or an equivalent combination of training and/or experience is required. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university may be substituted for the recommended years of experience.

Apply
Interested applicants must submit a current State of Florida Application to the Human Resources Manager of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit. A cover letter and current resume are encouraged. Application materials may be submitted electronically (preferred) or via mail delivery.  

Email: HR@jud12.flcourts.org
Twelfth Judicial Circuit
Human Resources Manager
P.O. Box 48927
Sarasota, FL 34230
Fax (941)861-7904

*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.

Salary: $15.71/hour ($32,676.80/year)

The job
The Twelfth Judicial Circuit is accepting applications for a Pretrial Services Caseworker vacancy in Sarasota County. The position is in the Intake Unit. The Intake Unit is a 24-hour operation, with two 12-hour shifts. Working nights, weekends and holidays are part of this position, which includes a 6% shift differential for working nights once training is completed.

A few of your daily responsibilities:

  • Interview defendants and victims;
  • review criminal histories, backgrounds, and verify information; 
  • conduct mental health and substance abuse assessments;
  • write reports for the Court; and
  • attend court hearings.

Some of the skills, knowledge and abilities needed:

  • Effective and concise written and oral communication;
  • knowledge of investigative and fact-gathering techniques;
  • ability to observe, interpret, assess and record behavioral events;
  • ability to organize and prioritize work;
  • ability to take effective action and exercise sound judgment in emergency or crisis situations; and
  • ability to interact with individuals from various socio-economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Education
A BA/BS from an accredited college or university with a major in criminal justice, social or behavioral science or related field. You must obtain certification by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) as a Florida Crime Information Center/National Crime Information Center (FCIC/NCIC) operator within six (6) months of appointment.

Benefits
The Sarasota County Government benefit package includes health, dental and vision insurance; supplemental insurance (cancer, disability, and accident); Florida Retirement System membership; and paid time off.

Apply
Apply directly through the Sarasota County Career Oppportunities page (https://scgov.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/SCGOV/job/Criminal-Justice-Center/Caseworker-II---Pretrial-Services_R13118). You must complete the online application to be considered for this position. Cover letters are encouraged.

Job Location: Manatee County Judicial Center
Position Number: 010444
Position Available: Immediately (open until filled)
Annual Salary: $52,917.55 (non-negotiable; State employees are paid on the last workday of each month) The successful candidate will be hired at the minimum salary.
Benefits include membership in the Florida Retirement System and a generous contribution by the State to health insurance premiums.
* Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) Certification is required at the time of hire*

The job
The Twelfth Judicial Circuit has an opening for an Official Court Reporter to be based in Manatee County. The essential function of the position is to stenographically record felony court proceedings, provide Realtime to judges daily, and produce transcripts on a timely basis.  The position is responsible for reporting court proceedings, performing research and proofreading and editing reported proceedings in order to produce quality transcripts. The position works under the general supervision of the Court Reporting Manager. The position requires someone who is self-motivated, has a keen eye for detail and completes assignments timely. All Official Court Reporters are paid a monthly salary but are not paid appearance fees or for transcripts. However, a Luminex writer, laptop, maintenance of equipment, CAT software, and current updates are all provided.  

Examples of work performed 
·       Records court proceedings stenographically utilizing a Stenograph Luminex and Case Catalyst software;
·       Reads back segments of proceedings from either stenographic notes or Realtime translation;   
·       Transcribes and edits stenographic or Realtime notes to transcript form in compliance with applicable standards, regulations, and statutes;
·       Proofreads transcripts to verify correct spelling of names, places, medical, scientific, and legal terms; researches information as required to ensure accuracy of information;
·       Delivers transcripts electronically and backs up transcripts for archiving purposes;
·       Archives digital stenographic notes; maintains, updates, and edits personal dictionary; and maintains accurate logs of each day’s proceedings; 
·       Travels to courthouses within the circuit to perform duties, as may be required;  
·       Completes and submits statistical reports to designated personnel.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Needed
·       Ability to stenographically report using Case Catalyst software and Realtime technology;
·       Ability to hook up cables and troubleshoot with Realtime technology; 
·       Ability to record testimony at the standard required speed and accuracy;  
·       Ability to edit and translate stenographic notes, proofread transcripts, verify the correct spelling of names, places, and terms;
·       Ability to back up transcripts to archives; archive notes and dockets;
·       Ability to interact professionally and maintain an effective working relationship with supervisors, co-workers, government officials, and the public;  
·       Ability to work in fast-paced, automated environment with many interruptions;
·       In addition to the ability to use basic office equipment, this position also calls for computer skills: the ability to use computer applications such as Microsoft Office products and Microsoft Outlook; searching the Internet; and the ability to learn and use new program software. 

Qualifications
Associate's degree or the equivalent of two years of college or vocational school education in court reporting is required.    

Licenses, Certifications and Registrations Required
Requires a valid certificate as a Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) or higher.  Realtime Reporter capability is required, and Realtime certification is preferred.

Apply
Interested applicants must submit a current State of Florida Application to the Human Resources Manager of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit. A cover letter and current resume are encouraged. Application materials may be submitted electronically (preferred) or via mail delivery.  
Email: HR@jud12.flcourts.org
Twelfth Judicial Circuit
Human Resources Manager
P.O. Box 48927
Sarasota, FL 34230
Fax (941)861-7904

*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.

Job Location: Sarasota, Manatee and De Soto Counties
Position Number: 10928
Position Available: Immediately (open until filled)
Annual Salary: $45,303.72 (non-negotiable; State employees are paid on the last 
workday of each month) The successful candidate will be hired at the minimum salary.
Benefits include membership in the Florida Retirement System and a generous contribution by the State to health insurance premiums.

The Job
The Twelfth Judicial Circuit is seeking a Mediation Services Coordinator (MSC) to conduct family and dependency mediations and oversee the court’s Citizen Dispute Settlement Programs in Manatee and Sarasota Counties, which includes working directly with program directors to ensure effective operation of the pre-filing and county civil mediation programs. The MSC reports directly to the circuit’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Director. 
The ideal candidate will be a Florida Supreme Court certified family mediator with supervisory experience. 

Examples of work performed
·       Conducts family and dependency mediations, facilitating the discussion of legal issues between involved parties for court referred cases and informs litigants about the mediation process prior to commencement of every mediation; 
·       Prepares/drafts settlement agreements, court orders or impasse reports on all cases mediated; reviews agreements with all parties involved and manages execution of agreements by parties; completes closing paperwork and statistical records/reports for mediation cases of responsibility; 
·       Reviews case files, pleadings and other documents pertinent to cases; 
·       Works with ADR Director and mediation staff to establish and maintain procedures pertaining to volunteer mediators, such as volunteer rights and obligations, program procedures, standards of conduct, criteria for performance review and renewal, etc. 
·       Coordinates and/or conducts CME trainings for volunteer mediators; 
·       Reviews applications, approves, oversees, monitors participation, tracks re-certification and acts as the court liaison for volunteer mediators; 
·       Markets and exposes the Citizen Dispute Settlement and Family Pre-filing programs to the public, which includes public speaking and actively seeking out and providing program information to possible referral sources. 

Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in social work, law or a closely related field. A juris doctorate or master’s degree is preferred. Four years of related experience, including extensive experience in conducting mediations. Requires Florida Supreme Court certification in Family. Dependency certification is preferred and the incumbent will be required to obtain Dependency certification within six months of hire. 

Apply
Interested applicants must submit a current State of Florida Application to the Human Resources Manager of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit along with a copy of mediation certifications. A cover letter and current resume are encouraged. Application materials may be submitted electronically (preferred) or via mail delivery.  
Email: HR@jud12.flcourts.org
Twelfth Judicial Circuit
Human Resources Manager
P.O. Box 48927
Sarasota, FL 34230
Fax (941)861-7904

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 or 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

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: Human Resources

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