25 Jul The role of the Crown Court Clerk
We recently assisted a former member of the Armed Forces who was interested in roles in Judicial Services but was unsure of where his skill sets match.
On the journey of talking and understanding what sort of role would be a good match, we got onto the issue of our old working environment, the criminal courts.
If you are not entrenched within it, the blindingly obvious can often be confusing for the layman. This was the case with the role of the Crown Court Clerk. During my time in courts I often admired these roles, the cases were always in the Crown Court and thereby by default, were more serious or a trial of note at the very least. The cases could be fascinating and very serious and high profile. Our applicant assumed this was a legal role, as would most. It is not. No formal educational requirements are needed to be a Court Clerk in the Crown Court. It is one of the most interesting roles, working closely with the Judge, who retains all of the legal knowledge on process and procedure to ensure the courtroom environment runs smoothly, with the assistance of his Clerk.
This is in contrast to the lower tier Magistrates’ Court where the courtroom is effectively run by the legally qualified court clerk (renamed Legal Adviser in later years). These do require a legal qualification and many are Solicitors, as they are advising a lay bench of volunteer Magistrates who require assistance with points of law, as the Magistrate is not qualified in law. To us entrenched in the court system, the higher court has a lesser qualified clerk that a lower court, for obvious reasons when you think about it.
So, if anybody wants to consider a role as Crown Court Clerk, pop along to a Crown Court and watch them in action, sit in the court, soak it up and watch, it could be a role for you.
List of UK Crown Courts can be found HERE