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: South County Judicial Center; travel to other court locations may be required
Annual Salary: $57,242.00
Position Type: Full-Time, Salaried
Position Available: Immediately

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 complex civil litigation, constitutional questions and complex family law cases. Most work involves 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 Supervising Senior Staff Attorneys, Trial Court Administrator and Judges, and is reviewed in progress, as necessary, and upon completion.  

Education and Training Guidelines
Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school and membership in good standing in the Florida Bar. At least five years of experience in the practice of law.   

Examples of Work Performed

  • Draft/review post-conviction motions/orders, including research 
  • Draft/review civil memoranda/orders, including research
  • Conduct legal research on behalf of judges and Trial Court Administrator 
  • Attend hearings
  • Perform administrative tasks/intern reviews
  • Serve as part-time general magistrate in Baker Act and Marchman Act proceedings

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; perform exacting work, attentive to issues in matters before the court; comprehend that which is read; digest and communicate ideas and concepts orally and in writing; exercise discretion, confidentiality, impartiality and honesty; work effectively with others. 

Apply
Apply directly through Sarasota County Government Career Opportunities page. You must complete the online application to be considered for this position. Cover letters and resumes are encouraged. Writing sample (minimum 5-10 pages however longer samples are welcome), law school transcripts and copy of Florida Bar card must also be uploaded.

 

Job Location: Judge Lynn N. Silvertooth Judicial Center; travel to other court locations will be required
Salary: $16.03/hour ($33,342.40/annually) + benefits
Position Type: Full-Time
Position Available: Immediately (open until filled)

The job
The Twelfth Judicial Circuit is currently accepting applications for an Administrative Assistant II position in the office of Court Administration. This position serves as the administrative assistant for the executive office of the court in Sarasota County and is an administrative liaison to all judicial offices within the county. The primary focus of this position is to support the efficient operation of all courtrooms and court programs in Sarasota County.  Routine job duties include coordinating courtroom and meeting room schedules, facilities and security projects, assisting litigants with courthouse entry and Zoom hearings, and mail and supply distribution. The administrative assistant fulfills other administrative needs as they arise.  This employee is the face and voice of the courthouse to members of the public who visit or call Court Administration and must treat all patrons with dignity, courtesy and respect. The administrative assistant should expect to field up to 20 phone calls per hour while performing other duties.  

In addition to working closely with judges and judicial assistants, the Administrative Assistant II is relied upon by all court staff and stakeholders for regular information sharing and must develop working relationships with court staff, attorneys, deputy clerks, bailiffs, county facilities staff and the public. Priorities for this position change regularly, so the incumbent must be adaptable, be able to establish professional boundaries and prioritize work independently. 

The ideal candidate for this position will have a proven work history that displays initiative, stellar interpersonal skills and the ability to problem solve and prioritize in a work environment that fluctuates between slow- and fast-paced. The administrative assistant will report directly to the Chief Deputy Court Administrator, however assignments may be delegated to the employee by the Chief Judge, Trial Court Administrator and other management within Court Administration. Attention to detail and the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and thoroughly is a must for this position. Most importantly, the administrative assistant must be able to work independently to contribute to the mission of the courts, which includes serving the public through equal access and ensuring justice can be administered. 

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

  • Ability to establish and maintain professional working relationships with elected officials, court staff, legal professionals, judicial security, facilities staff, pro se litigants, stakeholders and the general public;
  • Communicate clearly and effectively, in writing and orally; 
  • Utilize Microsoft Office products, particularly Outlook and Word; 
  • Compose, proofread, and edit correspondence and reports;
  • Learn and utilize new databases and technologies; 
  • Identify and resolve work-related issues timely; 
  • Maintain confidentiality concerning sensitive information:
  • Work under pressure and meet deadlines;
  • Plan, organize and complete special assignments with minimum supervision; 
  • Establish work priorities;
  • Work independently; 
  • Organize and automate office procedures and maintain an effective filing system.
  • Knowledge of the rules of English grammar, spelling, punctuation.

Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree is preferred and three years of administrative, secretarial or staff support experience. Additional relevant experience may substitute for the recommended educational level on a year-for-year basis. 

Apply
Apply directly through Sarasota County Government Career Opportunities page. You must complete the online application to be considered for this position. Cover letters and resumes are encouraged.

 

 

 

Job Location: Judge Lynn N. Silvertooth Judicial Center; travel to other court locations will be required
Annual Salary: $84,323.00
Position Type: Full-Time, Salaried 
Position Available: Immediately

The Job 
The Twelfth Judicial Circuit has an opening for an IT Professional IV position, working with Court Administration in Sarasota County. The primary focus of this position is to act as system owner for the court’s network, server, system infrastructure and technical services. This position works independently and reports directly to Operational Management. Schedule is Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., and on call as needed. Applicants must be flexible, with ability to work shifts, weekends and holidays as assigned. See details below.  

Essential Functions
·         Solves multiple technical problems
·         Analyzes server, system and network problems and implements solutions particular to the court system.
·         Troubleshoots A/V problems in the courtroom.
·         Advises customers in remote locations on troubleshooting of both routine and non-routine technical problems. 
·         Designs, implements and supports Microsoft Windows infrastructure systems, including Windows Server, Active Directory, Domain Controllers, etc. 
·         Maintains O365 environment for the enterprise. Conducts long term projects/contracts
·         Conducts long term projects/contracts and develops short-and long-range plans to coordinate and control the development of servers, systems, and networks. 
·         Manages multiple projects while prioritizing work and meeting established deadlines and commitments. 
·         Implements and maintains video conferencing systems between the various circuit judicial centers and jail locations. 
·         Works with various county IT departments to implement and maintain LAN & WAN connectivity. 
·         Develops and maintains business relationships with vendors and other agencies. 
·         Designs and recommends scalable and redundant solutions through requirements gathering and evaluating best practices for all infrastructure services. 
·         Monitors, maintains and reviews information.
·         Tests, benchmarks and analyzes new system software. 
·         Prepares and maintains documentation for applications and systems. 
·         Performs routine systems maintenance such as patching, hardening and automated deployments for all services. 
·         Monitors and maintains servers, systems and backups ensuring established system security standards (i.e. CJIS). 
·         Monitors software and hardware technologies and trends. 
·         Facilitates broad technical knowledge of current and emerging technologies used within the Court’s infrastructure. 
·         Assigns/Critiques work of IT Professional.
·         Performs triage of help desk calls and assigns work orders to proper individuals for troubleshooting. 
·         Facilitates broad technical knowledge of current and emerging technologies used within the Court’s infrastructure. 
·         Reviews results of work orders. 
·         Performs random satisfaction surveys of Court Administration users. 
·         Mentors other Court Administration IT Professional staff. 
·         Prepares complex reports/presentations.
·         Develops budget requests and usage reports for computer equipment. 
·         Consults with and advises Judges, Trial Court Administrator and Chief Information Officer on hardware/software capabilities and costs. 
·         Collaborates with Trial Court Administrator and Chief Information Officer on Court sponsored projects and presentations. 
·         Develops and selects resources.
·         Independently researches and recommends server, system and network solutions; collaborates with Operational Management on selection and implementation of selected solutions.

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university in Computer Science or related field with 3 to 5 years of related experience OR Masters degree from an accredited college or university with 2 or more years of related experience. Experience may substitute for formal education at discretion of management.  Some Supervisory experience may be required. Advanced Professional Certification highly desirable.

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 Government Career Opportunities page. You must complete the online application to be considered for this position. Cover letters and resumes are encouraged.

Job Location: Sarasota County
Salary (non-negotiable): $1,611.10/month or $19,333.20 annually (salary effective 7/1/22 $1,697.78 per month or $20,373.36 annually)
Position Type: Part-Time, Salaried eligible for additional hours
Position Available: June 1, 2022; open until filled

The job
The Twelfth Judicial Circuit has an opening for an Administrative Assistant, reporting to one of the circuit’s Hearing Officers. 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 Hearing Officer. 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 Administrative Assistant performs a variety of secretarial, administrative, and clerical duties for the Hearing Officer 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 Administrative 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 Hearing Officer.  

A few of your 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, Excel, Outlook); 
  • 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.

 

Job Location: South County Judicial Center; travel to other court locations may be required
Salary: $18.32/hour ($38,105.60/annually) + benefits
Position Type: Full-Time, Salaried 
Position Available: Immediately

The Job 
The Twelfth Judicial Circuit has an opening for an Administrative Specialist III position, working with the Citizen Dispute Settlement Program (CDSP) in Venice. The primary focus of this position is providing major administrative functions for the court and the CDSP. This position will be responsible for working with volunteer mediators and court participants, managing case files, compiling statistics, assisting judges as necessary, public speaking to promote court programs, providing continuing education and special programs for volunteers. This position will be responsible for assisting the Family Case Manager and Domestic Violence Coordinator as necessary. The position requires a good working relationship with judges, court personnel, volunteer mediators, referral sources, attorneys, clerk’s office employees and the public. The employee must become a Florida Supreme Court certified county mediator and Florida Supreme Court certified assistant trainer within one (1) year of hire. 

A few of your daily responsibilities

  • Schedule and coordinate pre-filing mediation for the CDSP and oversee volunteer mediators;
  • Analyze documents such as contracts to ensure comprehension of issues in dispute and communicate with parties regarding the dispute to obtain voluntary participation in CDSP;
  • Oversee volunteer mediators and facilitate small claims county court proceedings; arrange volunteers to mediate the cases to resolution;
  • Mediate county cases, prepare/draft settlement agreements, court orders or impasse reports on all cases mediated; 
  • Provide backup to the Family Case Manager and Domestic Violence Facilitator; and 
  • Perform administrative functions including data reporting, present trainings to volunteer mediators, assist with program outreach including speaking to groups about the program and assisting the North County Program Director as needed. 

Some of the skills, knowledge and abilities needed

  • Effective and concise written and oral communication;
  • ability to organize and prioritize work;
  • working knowledge of the judicial system and court procedures;
  • ability to use basic office equipment;
  • ability to take effective action and exercise sound judgment; and
  • ability to interact with individuals from various socio-economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Education
Associates degree from an accredited college or university with 4-6 years of clerical or administrative experience. Additional experience may substitute for formal education at discretion of management. Must become Florida Supreme Court certified as a county mediator and assistant trainer within one (1) year of hire. 

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. You must complete the online application to be considered for this position. Cover letters and resumes are encouraged.

Job Location: South County Judicial Center; travel to other court locations may be required
Salary: $17.80/hour ($37,024.00/annually) + benefits
Position Type: Full-Time, Salaried 
Position Available: Immediately

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 primary 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 lab technician position will be primarily based in Venice with occasional travel to Sarasota and Bradenton as needed. 

Your daily responsibilities:

  • Monitors and tracks urine specimens for each client primarily in South County location;
  • 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. Work experience and/or education equivalent combination will substitute for the degree requirement. Certification on the program’s urinalysis equipment may be required within 6 months of hire.

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. You must complete the online application to be considered for this position. Cover letters are encouraged.

Job Location: Manatee County Judicial Center
Position Numbers: 011414 and 008950
Positions available: open until filled
Monthly Salary: $4,077.10 /salary effective 7/1/22 $4,296.45 (monthly for members of the Florida Bar) $3,669.39 / salary effective 7/1/22 $3,866.80 (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.

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.  

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
Submit a current and complete State of Florida Application, resume, cover letter, writing sample (minimum 5-10 pages however longer samples are welcome), law school transcripts and copy of Florida Bar card. Faxed and emailed applications will be accepted.

Human Resources Manager
Court Administration
Judge Lynn N. Silvertooth Judicial Center
P.O. Box 48927
Sarasota, Florida 34230
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 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, Bradenton
Annual Salary: $31,780.91 /salary effective 7/1/22 $33,490.72 (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.
Position Type: Full-Time, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. + Shift Employee will be scheduled to remain until all courts have concluded for the day, two–three days per week
Position Number: 010871
Position Available: March 1, 2022

The job
The Digital Court Recorder is responsible independent, technical, and clerical work monitoring multiple court proceedings from a central location using the OpenCourt software for digital audio recording. The Digital Court Recorder annotates court events as they occur within the recording for future retrieval. The employee may be required to sit in one position for long periods of time. Work is performed under the supervision of a Manager of Digital Court Recording or other Court Managers, and must exercise discretion with sensitive and confidential information. While work is performed independently, the employee will share an office with up to five other court recorders and must work well in a team environment.  

Examples of Work Performed

  • Monitors and annotates all proceedings in assigned courtrooms in order to ensure a complete and accurate recording of the proceedings;
  • Monitors audio quality, performs tests of digital recording equipment, advises supervisor of improperly functioning equipment;                                                        
  • Performs playback services for the Court and provides CDs or other retrieval records of recorded hearings to the public;         
  • Communicates with Judicial Assistants and Clerks through email, phone and software (SmartBench, Benchmark, JACS, etc.);
  • Maintains statistical data regarding digitally recorded proceedings and media provided to the Court, litigants and the general public. 

Knowledge, Skills, 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
  • Ability to learn, use and understand the OpenCourt/CourtSmart software and digital recording system or any other software that may be required to perform duties
  • Ability to use a personal computer in a Windows environment, including WORD, Excel, and email application
  • Ability to multi-task and type accurately
  • Ability to compose, proofread, and edit correspondence and reports
  • Ability to compute basic mathematical and statistical functions such as percentages and averages
  • Ability to work in a close environment with co-workers
  • Ability to plan, organize and complete special assignments with minimum supervision
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other court personnel, outside agencies, legal professionals, and the general public
  • Ability to efficiently prioritize and organize work and  meet deadlines 
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Ability to establish work priorities, work under pressure and organize work 
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks with deadline requirements
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, automated environment with interruptions
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality concerning sensitive issues before the court
  • Knowledge of court system procedures, practices and applicable statutes, rules, regulations, laws and ordinances

Technology and Equipment Usage

In addition to the ability to use basic office equipment, this position calls for strong computer skills, such as: proficient typing skills; the ability to use computer applications such as OpenCourt/CourtSmart, Microsoft Office products and Microsoft Outlook; searching the Internet; and the ability to learn and use new program software. Must be able to use a personal computer, copy machines, fax machines, scanning devices, multi-line telephones.

Education and Training Guidelines

Education: A High School diploma or GED and one year of college or vocational school education in office skills, computer operation or closely related field.

Experience: Two years of legal experience. Additional relevant education may substitute for the recommended experience on a year-for-year basis.  

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 or via mail delivery.  

Email:  HR@jud12.flcourts.org 
Twelfth Judicial Circuit
Human Resources Manager
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.

Job Location: Manatee County Judicial Center
Annual Salary: $36,115.32 / salary effective 7/1/22 $38,058.32 (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.
Position Type: Full-Time, Salaried
Position Number: 10431
Position Available: Immediately, open until filled 

The job
The Twelfth Judicial Circuit has an opening for a Court Interpreter Program Coordinator. The Coordinator will spend a majority of the work day scheduling court appearances and maintaining the calendars of the circuit’s staff interpreters and contract interpreters, via email, telephone, the circuit’s online scheduling system and face-to-face interactions. Working relationships are established with court personnel, judges and non-judicial officers, judicial assistants, attorneys, and the general public.  Additionally, the Coordinator will assist various departments in the performance of case management duties.  Work is performed under the general supervision of the Court Operations Manager. 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:

  • Maintaining electronic calendar for staff and contractual court interpreters and scheduling court appearances as appropriate;
  • Reporting program statistics and invoicing; 
  • Answering telephone calls and assisting callers; 
  • Monitoring email account and responding to messages; and
  • Reviewing pleadings and court files, drafting correspondence and orders, scheduling and attending court hearings. 

Some of the skills, knowledge and abilities needed:

  • High level of skill with Microsoft Office programs including Word 2013 and Outlook, as well as basic office equipment such as multi-line phones and copy, scanner and fax machines; 
  • Ability to learn new computer software programs; 
  • Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing (both English and Spanish);
  • Courteous and professional demeanor in dealing with colleagues, professionals and the public;
  • Genuine interest in court interpreting and assisting non-English speaking court users.

Education 
A Bachelor’s degree and three years of administrative or related experience. Additional relevant experience may be substituted for the recommended educational level on a year-for-year basis.  Legal experience is preferred but not required.  Spanish interpreting experience is desired.

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: Sarasota, Manatee & DeSoto County Treatment Courts 
Salary: $48,006.40/annually
Position Type: Full-Time, Salaried
Position Available: Immediately, open until filled

The job
The Twelfth Judicial Circuit has an opening for a Treatment Courts Lab Supervisor. This position is a highly technical and managerial position focused on the overall operations of the treatment court labs and the employees working in the labs. The position requires a strong commitment of service and integrity. The person serving in this position reports directly to the Criminal Courts Program Manager.  The Lab Supervisor is responsible for monitoring the lab budgets, staff training, ordering supplies, generating reports, and other personnel and client-related matters. Treatment court labs are independent of the programs they serve and therefore are expected to work diligently and independently. Travel between the labs is expected, this includes Sarasota, Venice, Manatee & DeSoto.

A few of your responsibilities:

  • Performs direct supervision of five (5) lab personnel for Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties and the labs in both counties. Ensures the following duties are carried out: specimen collection, testing, analyzing, recording, and publishing of test results for illicit drugs and alcohol. Ensures all lab procedures are consistent, documented and updated.  Ensures machines are safely maintained, setup, adjusted and operated. Responsible for inventory, ordering necessary supplies and testing equipment. Work with other managers and staff on lab and case management issues.  
  • Monitors the lab budgets, generates reports, manages the performance, intake, screening, assessments, and referral duties of lab employees.  Interacts with program clients, the general public and other public/private sector stakeholders. Trains staff, prepares reports, reviews statistics, and conducts presentations. Maintains accurate records on testing and treatment efforts. Researches and monitors trends in lab testing.  Educates treatment court staff and judiciary on role of the lab.
  • Attends court hearings as needed and responds to information as requested by authorized court/treatment personnel. 

Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in Criminology, toxicology, or other related field.  Two or more years of supervisory experience in criminal justice preferred.  A Master’s degree may substitute for prior supervisory experience. Prior lab experience is desired.

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

Apply
Interested applicants must apply directly through Sarasota County’s Career Opportunities Page. You must complete the online application to be considered for this position. Cover letters and resumes are encouraged.

 

Job Location: Sarasota Treatment Courts 
Salary: $16.11/hour ($33,508.80/annually)
Position Type: Full-Time, Monday – Friday 8:30am-5pm
Position Available: Immediately, open until filled

The job
The Sarasota Drug Court Program of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit is seeking a Drug Court Caseworker. Drug Court is a specialized treatment court that combines legal proceedings, addictions treatment and rehabilitation into one program. Client participation is voluntary in this judicially supervised treatment approach, developed jointly by court staff and mental health professionals.

This position provides case management services to program participants, establishes and maintains community partnerships, advocates for the program, and reports program data to the Court and community partners.

We seek someone who has experience working with the mental health/substance abuse population. Our ideal candidate has a work history that demonstrates he/she is proactive, self-motivated, and has the ability to work with clients in this unique program setting. The proven ability to form relationships with local community service agencies is a plus.

A few of your daily responsibilities:

  • Identify individuals who meet Drug Court criteria and provide initial assessment;
  • Create individualized case plans and monitor participant progress; 
  • Collect, document and maintain participant data, progress reports, test results, etc.  
  • Facilitate group sessions to help provide participants with life skills and additional access to resources;
  • Link participants to available community resources and resolve client issues;
  • Attend court and agency staffings.

Some of the skills, knowledge and abilities needed:

  • Basic knowledge of the legal system, court processes and procedures;
  • Knowledge of mental health and related issues;
  • Ability to work independently, and as a part of a team;
  • Understanding of case management limits and what constitutes unauthorized practice of law; and
  • Ability to analyze files and move cases through the court process.

Education
A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, counseling, social or behavioral science or closely related field from an accredited college or university.

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. You must complete the online application to be considered for this position. Cover letters are encouraged.

Position Type: Full-Time 
Position Available:
Immediately 
Salary: $16.03/hour ($33,342.40/annually) + benefits

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.

Position Type: Full-Time, Monday - Friday
Position Available: Immediately
Salary: $36,000/year + benefits

The job
The Twelfth Judicial Circuit is currently accepting resumes and applications for a full-time DUI Court Counselor vacancy.  This position requires experience in addictions and counseling, a minimum Master’s Degree.  Must be able to facilitate individual and group sessions.  We are seeking candidates that are professional and organized. A valid driver’s license and the ability to pass background screening and reference checks is required. The successful candidate will be an employee of First Step of Sarasota, supervised by the Court and based in Sarasota. Weekly travel to Venice is required.  

Skills, knowledge and abilities needed

  • Ability to facilitate individual counseling and group sessions
  • Ability to counsel individuals who are addicted to drugs and alcohol, and help them identify behaviors and problems related to their addiction
  • Ability to maintain accurate documentation
  • Ability to develop treatment plans, psychosocial assessments and reports to the court

Apply
Apply directly through First Step's Career Page. You must complete the online application to be considered for this position. 

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.

 

Job Location: Manatee County Judicial Center; Sarasota County Judicial Center 
Position Number: 010444; 010449
Position Available: Manatee position available immediately; Sarasota position available October 14th
Annual Salary: $52,917.55 annually / salary effective 7/1/22 $55,764.52 (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 two openings for an Official Court Reporters, one to be based in Manatee County and one to be based in Sarasota 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
Position Number: 011159
Position Available: August 23, 2021
Annual Salary: $45,303.72 / salary effective 7/1/22 $47,741.06 (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 Family Mediator to conduct family and dependency mediations in Sarasota and DeSoto Counties.  The Family Mediator reports directly to the circuit’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Director. The ideal candidate will be a Florida Supreme Court certified family and dependency mediator.  Family certification is required. 

Examples of work performed

  • Conducts family 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.

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. 

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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