Washington State Paralegal Association

Relief Bailiff

10/11/2017 11:34 PM | WSPA (Administrator)

City of Seattle -- Seattle Municipal Court

About The Position

  • Provides relief coverage doing administrative support work in all types of courts such as: in-custody arraignments, Pre-Trial calendars, Mental Health Court and Jury trial courts. Hearings are held in the King County Jail courtroom and the Seattle Justice Center.
  •  Carries out directions of the Judge related to the smooth and efficient functioning the courtroom.
  • Coordinates with Court Marshals for transport and court supervision of in-custody defendants.
  • Independently prepares and processes all documents required for jail commitments and releases, including Alternatives to Confinement.
  • Monitors defendant's case for compliance with these commitments.
  • Prepares, processes and explains documents for defendants regarding their sentence.
  • Refers defendants to other Court departments and outside agencies as directed by the Judge.
  • Develops and maintains up-to-date knowledge about agencies that work with the Court.
  • Uses the in-house database (MCIS) and various jail screens to access case information.
  • Assists defendants, attorneys, law enforcement representatives and the public by answering questions and explaining court orders.
  • Maintains custody and care of jurors from voir dire through deliberation.
  •  Maintains confidentiality with highly sensitive information.
  • Remains calm and professional throughout stressful court proceedings.
  • Engages in peer training. Shares knowledge and courtroom processes/procedures with team members.
  • Keeps current on changing court technology, policies and procedures in a constantly changing environment.

Area(s) of Specialty: 

government, judical

Full/Part Time: 

Part time, 16


Temporary, long-term temp


Minimum education: 

Bachelor's degree in criminal justice, law, or related field (or combination of education and customer service experience may substitute for education).

Education desired: 

Minimum experience: 

1+ year of in-person customer service experience involving effective communication, exercising sound judgment, utilizing a computer and working independently in a high-pressure environment.
Must be able to exercise discretion, maintain confidentiality and interact tactfully and cooperatively with a diverse group of people (judges, attorneys, defendants, court personnel, outside agencies and the public). Ability to work with hostile or aggressive persons, and/or those with mental health issues. Ability to multi-task accurately, independently and calmly under stress and pressure. Must be flexible and professionalism when fulfilling responsibilities for all assigned courtrooms and calendars. Must be seeking, long-term, temporary work (3 to 12 days per month) Must be willing and able to work all Mondays, many Fridays and provide rotational coverage for Saturday shifts. Must be willing and able to work a minimum of a four-hour shift at the Seattle Justice Center or King County Jail. Must be at least 21 years old at the time of hire.

Experience desired: 

2+ years working inside or in support of a courtroom. 1+ years' experience processing confidential information. Experience working with hostile or aggressive persons, and/or those with mental health issues. Familiar and proficient in accessing and understanding the King County jail screen within the criminal justice computer database. Working knowledge of the criminal justice system and related technology. Knowledge and experience using Windows, Word, Excel and database computer programs.


How to Apply: 

Applicants should submit a application form* to https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/seattle/jobs/1861839/relief-bailiff

Washington State Paralegal Association
PO Box 58530
Seattle, WA 98138-1530

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