Court Officer

  • Alachua County Board of County Commissioners
  • Gainesville, FL, United States
Full Time Government Legal Professional Services Program Management Science

Job Description


Salary: $19.56 Hourly

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in criminal justice, behavioral sciences, social work, counseling or related field and two years of related, professional experience; or any equivalent combination of related training and experience. Must satisfactorily complete local, state and national criminal history and fingerprint checks. Applicants within six months of meeting the minimum education/experience requirement may be considered for trainee status.

For Court Services & Pretrial Services: Must successfully pass the Certified Pretrial Service Professional Exam within 1 year and maintain certification per NAPSA standards.

Must successfully obtain the FDLE Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) Certification  within 6 months of employment or assignment which requires access to the Florida Crime Information Center (FCIC)/National Crime Information Center (NCIC). Certification must be maintained as a condition of employment; re-certification required every two years. This is  Level One FDLE certification for Court Services, Day Reporting & Pretrial Services.  This is Level Two Limited Access FDLE certification for Drug Court.

Position Summary

This is a responsible, professional criminal justice position providing offender supervision and counseling, and/or pretrial release investigations in the Alachua County Department of Court Services.

An employee assigned to this classification attends court hearings and monitors court proceedings in order to provide judicial support as a liaison between the department, the court system, and other criminal justice and support agencies.

Work is performed under the general direction of a higher level Court Services Supervisor and is reviewed through conferences, reports, and observation of results obtained.

Examples of Duties


Counsels and supervises specialized probation caseload; and/or, completes pretrial release investigations and develops release/detention recommendations for the court.

Makes presentations at various court proceedings including pretrial release recommendations at first appearance hearings, and testimony and recommendations at violation hearings.

Conducts interviews to assess risk and needs. Identifies appropriate treatment and social services resources. Develops release and/or supervision plans. Recommends appropriate options to the Court.

Conducts office visits, field visits, family, community and agency contacts, in order to instruct clients, and to verify and monitor their behavior for the Court.

Assures offender compliance with all special conditions of court orders including collection of court ordered fees. Works with offenders to develop payment options.

Prepares and maintains confidential records. Prepares and submits reports on offenders including investigations, orders, modifications, revocations, etc., as necessary. Reviews documents for lower level staff.

Uses all related computer software and information systems. Trains and trouble shoots for lower level staff.

Provides liaison between the department, the court system, and local and state social services agencies which provide services for offenders.

Performs related work as required.

Note: These examples are intended only as illustrations of the various kinds of work performed in positions allocated to this class. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from this position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.


Thorough knowledge of state and local laws, rules and regulations regarding pretrial release and probation practices.

Thorough knowledge of the operation of the criminal justice system and process.

Knowledge of professional standards of pretrial release and/or probation programs.

Knowledge of basic theory and current practices in the treatment of alcohol abuse, drug abuse, mental illness and domestic violence.

Knowledge of legal basis of services within your area and fundamental understanding of legal requirements of other services within the department.

Ability to effectively interview defendants and assess their physical, mental and legal status.

Ability to independently investigate defendants' prior behavior and present circumstances, and develop appropriates plans for release and/or supervision.

Ability to effectively present recommendations and release plans to the judiciary.

Ability to establish and maintain a good working relationship with clients, their families and other members of the public and criminal justice community.

Ability to make independent decisions in a limited amount of time.

Ability to plan and organize work effectively.

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing and to prepare written reports.

Ability to create and maintain accurate client records within a computerized information management system.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to walk;
sit; and use hands to finger, handle or feel.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment usually ranges from moderate to loud.


Administrative Support, Attorney, Nursing, Paralegal, Physician's Assistant, Program Management, Law Enforcement, Security Intelligence & Analysis

Education Requirements

G.E.D., High School Diploma, Professional Certification, Associate Degree, Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, M.B.A., Other Graduate Degree, J.D., Ph.D, Other Doctorate Degree


$19.56 Hourly