Judicial Assistant-Circuit

Job Location

Manatee County Judicial Center

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$44,495.26 (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 Twelfth Judicial Circuit has an opening for a Circuit Judicial Assistant, reporting to a Circuit Judge. This position requires someone who is self-motivated, has a keen eye for detail, can multi-task, and has the ability to maintain confidentiality and sensitivity of matters before the Judge. 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.

  • Prepares and maintains the Judge's court and professional calendar; schedules motions, hearings, conferences, and trials at the request of the Judge.
  • Performs routine clerical tasks such as processing incoming physical and electronic mail, performing data entry, ordering office supplies, maintaining physical and electronic files/records, scanning, or photocopying.
  • Assists the Judge in reviewing cases for case management purposes.
  • Screens telephone calls and visitors to the Judge's office; provides information, resolves issues, directs call/visitor to proper personnel.
  • Reviews case files for accuracy, format compliance and completeness prior to submitting files to the Judge; ensures presence of all required files; maintains trial dockets, continuances, and trial orders.
  • Prepares and distributes orders as directed by the Judge.
  • Reviews and prepares correspondence, memoranda, orders, reports, e-mails, and other documents observing strict confidentiality; organizes papers for filing; prepares compensation and travel vouchers.
  • Performs research on defendants utilizing databases from the Clerk's Office and the jail system; may conduct limited case law research.
  • Interacts with attorneys, defendants, and their family members to resolve problems such as scheduling conflicts or other case-related issues.
  • Interacts with judges, clerks of court, litigants, attorneys, law enforcement personnel, bailiffs, social services, witnesses, and the general public to exchange information or to facilitate task completion.


High school diploma or GED and two years of college or vocational school education in paralegal, secretarial skills, computer operations, or a closely related field. Four years of related work experience is preferred. Additional relevant experience may substitute for the recommended educational level on a year-for-year basis. 


Interested applicantsmust 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 or via mail delivery.

Email: HR@jud12.flcourts.org 

or mail to: Twelfth Judicial Circuit

P.O. Box 48927

Sarasota, FL 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 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. 

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Reasons to work with the Twelfth Judicial Circuit


As a state or county-funded court employee, you will become eligible for healthcare, retirement savings through a self-directed investment plan or a dedicated pension plan, paid time off plus 12 paid holidays each year.

Career Advancement

Court employees become eligible for tuition programs and career advancement programs to grow or enhance leadership skills.

Our Culture

Court employees can expect a safe and diverse work environment with managers that want to help you succeed.


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

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Human Resources Manager

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