How to Become a Massachusetts Court Officer


A Court officer in Massachusetts is responsible for maintaining order and protecting court personnel and members of the public. Duties include providing security for witnesses, jurors, prisoners and judges; subduing disruptive people and apprehending escaping prisoners; inspecting the court facilities for explosive devices; transporting and transferring papers; and making sure that those in the courtroom follow the judge's orders regarding note-taking, photography and other activities. Once accepted to the position you will have a training period before you start your duties.

Things You'll Need

  • Massachusetts Court System Application for Employment
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Gather documentation that proves you are suitable for the job. You'll need a copy of your high school diploma or GED certificate, a resume showing that you have at least two years of experience in a job that requires good judgment and maturity, preferably in law enforcement or security, and a cover letter explaining why you want the position.

  • Get permission from three former employers or community leaders to give their names as references. If they can give you written recommendations, even better. You'll need to demonstrate, through the references and your interviews, that you are tactful, courteous, discreet, able to make quick decisions, able to deal with people who are anxious, and sensitive to people of different races, ethnicities, cultures and economic backgrounds.

  • Check for Court Officer job openings. The Court Human Resources Department evaluates applications only for jobs for which there is currently an opening. You can find out whether they need any court officers right now online (see Resources), or call the Court Jobs Hotline at 617-878-0479.

  • Fill out a Trial Court Application for Employment. You can download the form from the Court System website (see Resources) and fill it out on your computer. You must supply three references. Print the application, attach a cover letter, resume, any written references you might have and other documents that demonstrate your suitability for the job, and send it to the Security Department of the Massachusetts Court System. The contact information will be provided when a job opening is available.

Tips & Warnings

  • A day or two after you send your application, call the Security Department to confirm that they received it and to tell them (briefly) that you are deeply interested in the position.

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