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Assistant Deputy Court Administrator - Legal Counsel

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

In compliance with the Trial Court’s Mandatory Vaccine Reporting and Weekly Testing Policy, hired candidates must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination to the Trial Court’s Human Resources Department prior to their start date or agree to submit to weekly testing as a condition of employment.

 

TRIAL COURT MISSION 

The Trial Court is committed to: 

  • Fair and impartial administration of justice;
  • Protection of constitutional and statutory rights and liberties;
  • Equal access to justice for all in a safe and dignified environment with policies and practices that strengthen and support diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Efficient, effective, and accountable resolution of disputes;
  • Prompt and courteous service to the public by committed and dedicated professionals utilizing best practices in a manner that inspires public trust and confidence.

The Massachusetts Trial Court is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and provides equal opportunity in state employment to all persons. No person shall be denied equal access because of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, pregnancy, military or veteran status, physical/mental disability; or genetic information. If you need a reasonable accommodation, or have any questions or concerns about being afforded fair and equal treatment, please contact the HR Benefits Team at reasonableaccommodation@jud.state.ma.us.

Assistant Deputy Court Administrator - Legal Counsel

  • 493620
  • Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Superior Court Dept
  • Legal/Attorney
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Feb 23 2022 at 23:55 EST

Title: Assistant Deputy Court Administrator - Legal Counsel

Pay Grade: Senior Management 2

Starting Pay: Commensurate With Experience

Departmental Mission Statement:

The Superior Court, the trial court of general jurisdiction for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is committed to delivering high quality justice in a timely and fair manner in accordance with the rule of law.

ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILE:

https://www.mass.gov/orgs/superior-court

Position Summary:  The Assistant Deputy Court Administrator-Legal Counsel provides specialized administrative oversight and legal support to the Administrative Office of the Superior Court (AOSC) and the Superior Court Department. The Assistant Deputy Court Administrator-Legal Counsel assists the Chief Justice and the Deputy Court Administrator on legal matters, researches legal questions, writes memoranda, develops procedures and rules, analyzes legal and administrative issues, drafts regulations and proposed legislation, and develops and implements uniform case processing practices and programs related to effective case management and Trial Court best practices. 

Supervision Received:

The Assistant Deputy Court Administrator-Legal Counsel receives general direction from the Chief Justice and the Deputy Court Administrator of the Superior Court Department. 

Duties: The position of Assistant Deputy Court Administrator-Legal Counsel provides specialized administrative oversight and legal support to the Administrative Office of the Superior Court (AOSC) and the Superior Court Department. The role requires considerable independent judgment in making important decisions, sometimes with limited procedural and policy guidelines.  

  • Provides legal counsel to the Chief Justice and the Deputy Court Administrator;  
  • Interprets and applies court rules, standing orders, statutes, directives and policies related to matters within the Superior Court;  
  • Makes recommendations as to policy and procedure on all Superior Court related matters, including technical issues related to the electronic case management system;  
  • Works with Superior Court personnel in the development of modifications to the electronic case management system that will support the effective integration of rules, uniform practices and procedures, statutes and case law;  
  • Prepares abstracts, memoranda, and administrative reports; draft rules, uniform practices, and proposed legislation; develops guidelines and procedures for the Superior Court Department;  
  • Provides legal advice to judges and other court personnel on all law-related matters in the Superior Court and conducts special research projects as necessary;  
  • Responds to inquiries and requests from judges, the public, attorneys, court employees, and others concerning legal aspects of the Superior Court;  
  • Responds to requests for information from the media, legislature, judges, clerk/magistrates, probation officers, and other agency personnel;  
  • Serves as the liaison between the Superior Court Department and state agencies and community resources dealing with matters within the jurisdiction of the Superior Court; and  
  • Performs other related duties as required.  

 

Job Competencies: 

  • Ethics and Values:   Communicates and demonstrates the ethics and values of the Trial Court.
  • Mission:   Understands, upholds, and communicates the Trial Court and Superior Court missions.
  • Applied Knowledge:   Demonstrated experience using knowledge of court rules and law as they pertain to the Superior Court Department.
  • Problem Solving:   Accurately identifies legal and operational issues regarding administration in the Superior Court Department and recommends and facilitates appropriate solutions. Accurately assesses a variety of problems in the Superior Court and develops feasible solutions.
  • Customer Service:   Conducts oneself in a courteous and professional manner towards both Trial Court employees and the public.
  • Collaboration: Works with others cooperatively, demonstrating a willingness to be a team player, and contributing to a work environment that focuses on shared departmental goals.
  • Commitment to Diversity:   Promotes an environment of diversity through understanding, respect, and positive communication with persons of varied racial, ethnic, economic, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Continuous Learning: Demonstrates a commitment to continuously improving himself or herself through professional development.

Minimum Requirements: These are the minimum requirements necessary to apply for a position of Assistant Deputy Court Administrator-Legal Counsel:  

  • Law Degree from an accredited Law School.  
  • Admission to the practice of law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts;  
  • Thorough knowledge of the Massachusetts judicial system and applicable statutes, case law, court rules and procedures relating to the Superior Court;  
  • Seven years or more of legal experience with particular emphasis on matters within the jurisdiction of the Superior Court Department;
  • Court management experience is preferred;  
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with court officials, judges, employees and government agencies employees;  
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;  
  • Demonstrated ability to independently complete assignments and to handle multiple assignments; and  
  • Demonstrated ability to identify problems and to develop feasible solutions.

 

 

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