Thurston CountyOlympia 98502
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Thurston County
40 per week 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW Bldg 3, Olympia, WA 98502, United States


**This employment opportunity will remain open until filled. Thurston County reserves the right to close the recruitment at any time. To ensure consideration for this position, please submit your application as soon as possible.**
Thurston County has three (3) Bailiff - On call/Extra Help positions available. These positions are responsible for assisting in the orderly and expeditious dispatch of court business by maintaining custody of and coordinating the movement of individual trial jury pools. These positions will have substantial contact with all parties in the criminal justice system, including defendants, judges, lawyers, corrections staff, and the public. These are intermittent positions with no guarantee of hours. The incumbent(s) will be responsible for the completion of work within general guidelines and under general supervision. Work will be reviewed on a weekly basis for accuracy, progress, and adherence to established procedures and policies.
The incumbent(s) may participate in the preparation and presentation of jury orientations which includes comfortably communicating juror expectations, court rules, and instructive guidelines before jury pools that may range from 18 to 120 potential jurors. 

Duties may include but are not limited to:
  • Assisting judges in maintaining order and decorum in the courtroom
  • Maintaining court and jury facilities
  • Assisting the court and counsel with impaneling the jury
  • Providing jury escort to and from the courtroom
  • Providing personal service to the jurors during jury sequestration 
  • Transmitting instructions and exhibits from court to jurors 
  • Providing basic administrative support to court administration while the jury is deliberating
  • Work is performed primarily in high stress office and courtroom environment. A degree of physical danger is inherent while working in potentially volatile situations in a courtroom.
  • ALL final candidates are subject to a thorough background investigation.
  • This is an on-call position. Applicants should be available to report for assignment on short notice and may be required to work over 40 hours in a workweek. There are no guaranteed minimum hours.
  • Two (2) years of experience working in office operations, court systems, or a related field which includes experience working with personal computers OR any equivalent combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge, and ability required to perform the work.
  • Ability to fully utilize a personal computer and related software.
  • Must be able to pass a background investigation which may include, but is not limited to employment history, criminal history, psychological, and /or polygraph examinations.
Desired Skills

The ideal candidate will possess the following knowledge and abilities:

  • Knowledge of courtroom etiquette, procedures, jury impaneling and handling. General understanding of office practices, procedures, and equipment including basic record keeping principles and techniques.
  • Knowledge of case management systems, and statistical methods. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Ability to maintain confidentiality, professional decorum, and adherence to legal and ethical requirements.
  • Ability to enforce with tact, diplomacy and firmness.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective demeanor under a heavy workload and in stressful situations along with the ability to organize, prioritize and coordinated work, research and prepare reports.