The Eleventh Judicial Circuit encourages the community to take advantage of the opportunities available to enhance their careers and knowledge. The Volunteer Program within the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida enables members of the community to become actively involved in their judicial branch of government while providing the public and judicial system with assistance by serving as administrative, informational, and educational liaisons between the courts and the community.
Performs various administrative and clerkship duties for the assigned department. Frequently contacts are made with judges, Clerk of the Courts, Administrative Office of the Courts, State Attorney, Public Defender, private attorneys, law clerks, state and local law enforcement, witnesses, bailiffs, criminal justices, social service professionals and the general public. Work is often of a sensitive and confidential nature. The Volunteer/Intern must observe high standards of conduct. Work requires independent judgment and is performed under the general supervision of a Judge or Attorney.
RESPONSIBILITIES MAY INCLUDE:
- Managing the Judge’s court and professional calendar coordinating and scheduling motions, pretrial hearings, trials, conferences, and committee meetings; maintaining trial dockets, continuances and trial orders; assisting attorneys with procedures on filing motions and hearing dates.
- Provides organizational support for the judge’s caseload, including preparing orders, docketing
- jury instructions and a list of pending cases; ordering jurors; and coordinating in-house services, such as interpreters.
- Reviews case files for accuracy, format compliance and completeness before scheduled hearings.
- Acts as the Judge’s liaison to assist and inform litigants, attorneys, law enforcement personnel, and witnesses concerning court procedure and policy.
- Screens telephone calls and visitors to the judge’s office; provides information, resolves issues, directs caller/visitor to proper personnel or agency, or takes messages.
- Performs routine clerical tasks such as reviewing, distributing and responding to incoming mail; performing data entry, ordering office supplies, maintaining files/records, faxing or photocopying.
- Composes and/or edits correspondence, memorandum, directives, notices, orders, e-mails, and other documents observing strict confidentiality.
- Researches information on hearing dates for other agencies; prepares notices of hearings for cases put on the calendar by the judge.
- Interacts with attorneys and litigants and their family members to resolve problems such as scheduling conflicts or other case-related issues.
- May conduct limited case law research using an electronic database such as Lexus-Nexus.
- Performs related work as required