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Bronze medal Reporter adv. Alex Posted 6 May 2019 Read More News and Blogs
Different Careers in Court Administration


Court Manager

Court managers are responsible for the overall management of courts and act as a support to both the judiciary and prosecution. The duties of the court manager includes:

  1. Coordinating the strategic and business planning processes.
  2. Coordinating and managing the financial and human resources of the court.
  3. Managing the facilities, physical resources, as well as information and communication related to courts.
  4. Implementing departmental policies at courts.
  5. Compiling and analysing court statistics to show performance and trends.
  6. Compiling of annual performance and statutory reports to the relevant users.

  7. Providing of case tracking services to the judiciary and prosecuting authorities.
  8. Development and implementation of customer service improvement strategies.
  9. Leadership and management of transformation of the office.
  10. Management of strategic projects intended to improve court management.
  11. Managing communication and relations with internal and external stakeholders.

To qualify as a court manager, you need to have post-matric qualifications in administration and three years’ managerial or supervisory experience.

Clerk of the Court

The primary role of a clerk of court is to render administrative support to the judiciary, prosecution, attorneys and advocates, and to the general public. They are also responsible for the handling of general public enquiries including cases of applications for maintenance and payment, assisting with the handling of estate matters, helping the public with payment of witness fees and also with small claims matters. They also serve as the link between attorneys, advocates, the general public and the court.

The clerk of court, amongst others, is responsible for the safe custody and disposal of court records. He/she is responsible for the pending files and must ensure that files are made available on the date of the case.

They are also responsible for performance of quasi-judicial functions after being appointed to perform the same, e.g. granting of default judgments in civil cases, issuing of warrants of execution against properties in civil cases, etc.

The minimum qualification for a clerk of court is a matric certificate.


A registrar is responsible for all administrative tasks relating to a trial in the high court, including the issuing of subpoenas, the filing of all processes of court and arrangements regarding court facilities.

In order to be appointed as a registrar, a person should at least have an appropriate four-year legal qualification, such as an LLB degree.

Maintenance Officer

A Maintenance Officer performs duties in terms of the Maintenance Act including:

• Handling of formal and informal maintenance inquiries.
• Providing advice on maintenance issues.
• Providing guidance to Maintenance Investigators in the performance of their duties.
• Conducting maintenance proceedings in terms of the Maintenance Act.

In order to be appointed as a Maintenance Officer, you need an LLB degree.

Maintenance Investigator

A Maintenance Investigator performs in-depth investigative duties in terms of the Maintenance Act including:

  1. Examining a person who is likely to give material or relevant information about any complaint relating to maintenance.
  2. Tracing whereabouts of respondents/defaulters, his/her financial information, employment details.
  3. Serving of maintenance related processes e.g. subpoenas.

Legal qualification, paralegal qualification or Grade 12 certificate.

Maintenance Clerk

Duties include:
• Issuing and assisting in the completion of the application forms, where assistance is needed or required.
• Referring applications to Maintenance Officers for final screening.
• Receiving online applications and referring for processing.
A Matric qualification is required.


The duties of a court interpreter mainly relates to:

  1. Interpreting in the various courts, at quasi-judicial proceedings and during consultations.
  2. They also translate legal documents and exhibits and provide any administrative support such as recording cases in criminal record book and drawing case records.

The minimum academic qualification is Matric (Grade 12) and a formal language proficiency.


Duties include:

  1. Performing digital recording of court proceedings and ensure integrity of such records.
  2. Transcribing thorough court proceedings for the record.
  3. Filing trans c r i p ts with the court clerk, and providing copies to lawyers, judges and the public per request.
  4. Provide any administrative support as required by management.

A Matric qualification is required.

Judge’s Clerk

• Judge’s Clerk are legally qualified.
• They accompany the judge/s in all sittings of the court sessions.
• They manage the judge’s diary on sittings and postponement of cases.
• They conduct research for the judge/s on law related matters.

A legal qualification is required.



Pending Cases in Courts

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