Deputy Judicial Marshal - Alfred

The State of Maine Judicial Branch has an immediate fulll-time opening for a Deputy Judicial Marshall within the York County Courthouse in Alfred. This is responsible work involved in providing for the safety and security of judges and justices, court staff, jurors, witnesses, other court participants, and the general public. Deputy Judicial Marshals work in an environment often charged with intense emotion and conflict and must be able to move quickly and effectively from observation of routine activity to direct physical contact and confrontation. The assigned sergeant provides daily on-site direction. The presiding judge/justice provides direction during the course of legal proceedings. Deputy Judicial Marshals provide the first line of defense for the court system when assigned to the duties of entry screening. Must be able to travel and work in different locations within the state with minimum notice; night and weekend assignments are possible.

Examples of duties include

  • Serves as judicial marshal for the Court, undertaking security arrangements for each court day and session as needed. During court proceedings, remains strategically stationed, alert, and responsive to any security risk.
  • Observes all persons entering the courtroom, their movement, and their activities.
  • Limits access to the bench and other restricted areas.
  • Patrols and maintains a presence in public areas of court facilities as assigned.
  • In Superior Court, assumes additional role of providing general security for jury pools, jurors, and witnesses as required.
  • Responds to any security risk as appropriate.
  • Performs daily security checks of the court facility, which includes courtrooms, clerks' offices, chambers, and support spaces such as conference rooms, restrooms, public and private circulation space, etc.
  • Checks and tests alarm systems; monitors electronic consoles when assigned.
  • Ensures that all parties are present and ready prior to the entrance of the presiding judge/justice into the courtroom.
  • Announces the opening, recess, and closing of each court session.
  • Enforces proper courtroom decorum, including seating arrangements, as directed by policy and/or the presiding judge/justice.
  • Conducts entry screening as required based on Judicial Branch policy and/or direction of supervisor.
  • Participates in high risk trial planning and scheduling, threat assessment, and special details as required.
  • Assists court clerk with administrative tasks when security responsibilities are not compromised.
  • Assumes brief interim custody of a person at the direction of the judge/justice for prompt transfer to the proper custodial officials only when absolutely necessary.
  • Writes and files incident case reports, arrest reports, etc., for each case handled during the shift.
  • Conducts routine courthouse safety inspections.
  • Assists all court personnel with security issues as needed.

Minimum Education/Knowledge Required to be Considered for Employment:

  • Graduation from high school or GED.
  • Have successfully completed the Maine Criminal Justice Academy Pre-Service Law Enforcement Training program.
  • Knowledge of and ability to effectively use crisis interaction skills.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use restraint and defensive tactics.
  • Must be eligible to obtain a Maine driver's license.

Preferred Education/Skills/Experience/Training to be Considered for Employment:

  • Have qualified with an Agency issued firearm in accordance with Agency Policy and Maine Criminal Justice Academy standards
  • Have and maintain certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

Additional Skills/Experience/Training Required to Adequately Perform Job Duties:

  • Ability to communicate orally, clearly, and concisely, as well as follow oral and written communications.
  • Ability to interact effectively with judges/justices/other court staff, attorneys, and the general public in a variety of situations and circumstances.
  • Ability to conform to all rules, regulations, policies, and procedures of the Office of Judicial Marshals, including such policies and procedures regarding infectious disease exposure control.
  • Ability to walk, sit and/or stand for extended periods throughout the day; ability to concentrate and apply other cognitive, intellectual, and mental functions, and ability to address and handle a wide variety of human relations issues.
  • Successfully complete the required application process. The application process includes submission of required fingerprint cards and authorization for rigorous background check and reference checks, including verification of education. Successfully complete a post-offer medical and psychological review.
  • Be eligible for certification as a Judicial Marshal through the Maine Criminal Justice Academy or successfully complete the Basic Maine Judicial Marshals Training Program within one year of employment.
  • Have qualified with an Agency issued firearm in accordance with Agency Policy and Maine Criminal Justice Academy standards.
  • Have and maintain certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information discretely.
  • Knowledge and ability to operate security devices, alarm systems, and communication equipment.
  • Knowledge of Courthouse Emergency Plans in all assigned court locations, including the plans for detention area security, where applicable.
  • Knowledge of court procedures, legal documents, and legal processes.
  • Maintain certification as a Judicial Marshal through the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.

Hours, Pay, and Benefits Information:

  • Hours:  40 hours weekly
  • Salary:  $13.79 hourly
  • The value of the State’s bi-weekly contribution for employee benefits is:  Health Insurance  $345.58, Dental Insurance $13.69, and Retirement 11.54% of salary.

How to Apply:  Complete the application packet that consists of the Application, Applicant Information Survey (EEO), Background Form, that can be found below, along with a cover letter and resume, and MAIL or FAX them to:
The Administrative Office of the Courts
Attn:  Dawn Rule, Human Resources
P.O. Box 4820
Portland, Maine 04112
Fax (207) 822-0781

Incomplete or untimely applications (resumes & covers letters without the application packet) will not be considered.

Application must be received by MAIL or FAX no later than 11:59 PM on Friday, August 30, 2013

The Judicial Branch is an EOE/AA employer.

Application Packet (PDF)