North Dakota Court System
600 E. Boulevard Ave., Mail Stop 180
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$50,000 - $69,999
Watford City, ND
The JSPP District Court Paralegal is responsible for providing administrative and secretarial support to a district judge or judicial referee. The position researches, analyzes, and summarizes case laws, administrative rules, regulations, administrative and judicial decisions; makes a verbatim record of district and juvenile court trials, proceedings and other matters using audio recording equipment, writing court logs and noting appearances and essential events during the proceedings; and assists in calendar control and scheduling.
Employees assigned to this classification establish certain routines and processes as well as follow routines and processes established by others.
1. Researches, analyzes and summarizes case laws, administrative rules, regulations, administrative and judicial decisions. Provides information about other resources that may provide further assistance.
2. Composes, prepares and ensures the accuracy of various legal documents.
3. Assists judicial officer with trial preparation.
4. Serves as primary contact for judicial officer. Greets visitors, screens telephone calls and correspondence, provides information, explains policies and procedures, as appropriate. Acts as a liaison between the judicial officer and personnel from other agencies, the general public and attorneys.
5. Coordinates meetings and maintains the calendar for the judicial officer. Schedules trials and other court proceedings, unless done by a calendar control clerk and in cooperation with the clerk of court, and informs parties of the same.
6. Provides secretarial and clerical support to the judicial officer by preparing, transcribing and proofreading all correspondence, findings, orders, jury instructions, memorandums or other materials.
7. Performs a variety of clerical and administrative tasks that may include answering phones, maintaining and purchasing office supplies, maintaining law library, arranging appointments and travel reservations, scheduling and notifying parties of meetings and proceedings, performing related scheduling functions, maintaining continuing education records, and preparing expense vouchers.
8. Accurately records court and jury trial proceedings. Responsibility also requires taking court notes during hearings to identify appearances and to note significant events during the hearing and to locate and present prior testimony. Requires travel to other counties within and outside of the district for court proceedings assigned to the district judge or referee.
Requires a bachelor's degree with a major in paralegal, legal assistant studies or pre-law, and two years of paralegal or legal assistant experience that includes experience with court rules and procedures, legal documents, laws and legal factors pertaining to the courts.
Associate degree with a major in paralegal, legal assistant studies or pre-law, and four years of paralegal or legal assistant experience that includes experience with court rules and procedures, legal documents, laws and legal factors pertaining to the courts.
Valid driver's license or evidence of equivalent mobility.
Requires AAERT (American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers) CER (certified electronic court reporter) certification or ability to obtain within six months of job entry. A comparable certification by another state court or federal court may be substituted for the AAERT certification.
Applications must be submitted online at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/ndcourts. Any form of paper or other electronic application will not be accepted.
The successful candidate will be subject to a criminal background check.
Persons needing accommodation or assistance in the application process may call Human Resources at (701) 328-4216.