Court officers and justices of the peace (NOC 1227)

About this job

Court officers and justices of peace:

  • coordinate the administrative and procedural functions of federal, provincial and territorial courts, such as scheduling trials and overseeing the maintenance of court records
  • administer oaths, issue subpoenas, summonses and warrants and perform other court-related duties such as conducting bail hearings
  • work for federal and provincial courts
Common job titles
  • administrator, family court / judicial
  • clerk of the Crown - courts
  • clerk, court / probate
  • prothonotary
  • recorder, deeds / wills
  • registrar, bankruptcy / deeds / land
  • administrator, family court / judicial
  • clerk of the Crown - courts
  • clerk, court / probate
  • commissioner, affidavits / marriages
  • commissioner, marriages
  • co-ordinator, court services / trial

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$61,296

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Court officers:

  • co-ordinate administrative services and establish work priorities for court staff
  • schedule court trials and arrange pre-trial conferences and hearings
  • call courts of law to order, read charges and take pleas from defendants
  • record court commencement, trial proceedings and judgements
  • collect and record sheriff fees, transcription fees and other court administrative and services fees
  • oversee the maintenance of judicial court records
  • help in preparing annual budgets
  • act as justices of the peace

Justices of the peace:

  • issue subpoenas, summonses and warrants, including search warrants
  • receive affidavits, declarations and affirmations
  • administer oaths
  • conduct bail hearings
  • release defendants on judges' orders and explain rights and obligations
  • hear evidence at trials on summary conviction offences
  • preside over trials of criminal offences at the discretion of the chief judge of the jurisdiction or as provided for in federal, provincial or territorial statutes
  • perform civil marriages

Special duties

The duties and responsibilities of justices of the peace vary significantly depending on the level of their authority. They may work part-time on a fee-for-service basis in small communities. Their duties range from receiving affidavits and similar documents, to presiding in courts and hearing and determining prosecutions under provincial/territorial and federal laws.

Work environment

Work in this occupation is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office, with time also spent in courtrooms.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • Court officers usually require a university degree in law, business or public administration or a college diploma in public administration or legal studies
  • completion of a Justice registrar, Justice of the peace or other court training program is required for court officers and justices of the peace
  • several years of experience as a Court clerk or in another court service occupation are usually required
  • Justices of the peace in the provinces are appointed by the lieutenant governor in council and, in the territories, by federally appointed territorial commissioners

Skills

  • Clerical Ability
  • Numerical Ability
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Finger Dexterity
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Business Administration/Management/Commerce
  • Law
  • Public Administration

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
10
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
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N/A
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
260
Average annual employment growth:
0.0%
Expected number of job openings:
120
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
50
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
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N/A
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
80
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
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N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Promotion to senior positions such as senior court administrator is possible with experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.