Court administrators manage the operations of courthouses, which may include managing the staff and systems of the courthouse. They require either a bachelor's degree or a master's degree depending on the requirements of the particular court. The job growth outlook is expected to be about as fast as the job market as a whole.
A court administrator manages the daily operations of a federal, state or local courthouse. Typical job duties for this kind of administrative service manager include acting as a court liaison, managing the court's budget and directing court employees.
Minimum qualifications can vary; while employment is attainable with a bachelor's degree, some courts call for a master's degree. Voluntary professional certification is also available; some employers require it or require that new hires without it begin the process of getting it upon hire.
|Required Education||Bachelor's or master's degree|
|Other Requirements||Voluntary Certified Court Manager (CCM) and Certified Court Executive (CCE) credentials|
|Projected Job Growth (2014-2024)||8% for administrative service managers*|
|Median Annual Salary (2016)||$56,705**|
Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, **PayScale.com
Job Description for a Court Administrator
A court administrator plans and oversees a courthouse's administrative operations, facilities, budget and case management procedures. He or she also might act as a liaison between the court and public or private organizations, as well as the state or federal government.
Some administrators manage a specific division of a courthouse, such as the trial court, while others manage the entire courthouse. Additionally, court administrators can work for a single courthouse or a group of courthouses in the same area.
Court administrators generally need a bachelor's or master's degree in a related field, such as public administration, business administration or judicial administration. Most positions require experience and specific knowledge of relevant areas, including court procedures, budgeting, management and legislation. Some employers also require professional certification.
Typical Job Duties
Financial management tasks can include establishing and submitting budgets to the legislature, disbursing money in the budget to the appropriate court sectors and overseeing the court's accounting practices. Administrators also establish and implement facility maintenance, management and operations plans, such as deciding where divisions of the court are located in the court building.
If a court is anticipating building a new structure or renovating a portion of its building, the administrator also might oversee those changes. Some administrators also are responsible for the information technology aspects of the court, including determining the types of computers and networks the court uses.
Court administrators might act as managers for non-judicial staff, such as clerks of court, assistant clerks of court and other general employees. This includes establishing hiring, training and firing practices. They also can run the court's communication, which includes speaking with the public about the court's activities or acting as a liaison for the court.
Salary and Career Information
Salary can depend on the number and size of the courthouses under the administrator's management, as well as education and experience. According to PayScale.com, court administrators made a median annual salary of $56,705 as of January 2016.
While the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) does not collect information about court administrators specifically, it does report on administrative service managers in general. Employment of administrative service managers is expected to increase 8% from 2014-2024, per the BLS.
Court administrators perform a variety of duties that can include staff management, acting as a liaison for the court, overseeing building and renovations, or managing technologies for the court. Certification is available, but usually not required. The average salary for these positions is around $57,000.