Job Postings & Exams

Court Interpreter (Spanish) (JG-18)

We are pleased to advise that open-competitive Court Interpreter (Spanish) examination 45-818 is scheduled to be held statewide on Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10, 2022.  Application filing begins July 7 and ends August 4, 2022.   Please see attached examination announcement.  Links to the announcements, on-line application and practice documents are found at https://link.edgepilot.com/s/793514ed/rltkfq7IfUiUyISopPHnVw?u=http://ww2.nycourts.gov/careers/exams.shtml  beginning at close of business today.  (Please note that the on-line application goes live at 12:01 AM July 7.)

Questions may be directed to UnifiedCourtSystemExam@nycourts.gov .

*** Senior Court Clerk Provisional Appointments ***

There are currently multiple provisional Senior Court Clerk positions available within New York City. Appointments will be made on a provisional/temporary basis provided there are no eligibles available for appointment from the existing eligible list. To be appointed on a permanent basis, you must take the civil service examination and be among the top three acceptors. If you accept a provisional appointment, your underlying permanent status will continue to be counted as competitive permanent class service. Additionally, you will have an automatic right to return to your previous permanent title while serving with provisional status. Please direct any questions regarding civil service status to asm@nycourts.gov.

Click the link below to view the official UCS Announcement which includes the application procedure.
Senior Court Clerk Provisional Announcement

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For general information about careers with the NYS Courts see the Careers in the Courts Brochure that provides information on the application process and outlines career progression through the competitive Civil Service Exam process, legal, managerial and administrative professions. The brochure also illustrates career ladders within job series and outlines opportunities to move between series.

The court system selects qualified candidates through the civil service system for competitive positions, job postings and interviews for non-competitive positions, and personal appointments of Judges to certain positions (e.g., Law Clerk to Judge)
Current Job Opportunities for Competitive and Non-Competitive Titles

Civil Service Exams: Merit and Fitness-based Selection
The civil service system was adopted by the federal and state governments in response to the hiring practices of the ‘spoils’ system. Civil service tests were created to make the hiring and promotion process fair by basing the hiring and promotion solely on test-takers’ performance on these tests. New York State implemented the civil service system in 1894 and mandated that appointments to government positions be made through the competitive civil service examination on the basis of merit and fitness. The mandate applies to positions in government where testing for merit and fitness is feasible. This includes most positions in the court system.
General Exam Information
Current Exams
Exam Study Guides & Resources
Information is available for title-specific civil service exams including exam content, sample questions and sample exams. Also included are general exam preparation guides.
Exam Preparation Guides & Sample Exams

Job Postings and the Interview Panel Selection Process
Some titles in the court system are classified as non-competitive. Qualifications for these titles are not assessed by the competitive testing process because it is not feasible or practical to administer a competitive test. Non-competitive employees work in professions such as legal, information technology, human resources, and social services. Hiring and promotion are based on job experience and education. Typically, qualifications are evaluated by an interview panel. The interview panel reviews candidates’ resumes, conducts interviews and rates candidates on job-relevant criteria.

Personal Appointments
A small number of positions in the court system are filled as personal appointments. Typically, the appointments are made by judges to titles such as Law Clerk to Judge and Secretary to Judge. Employees in these positions assist individual judges with legal research and analysis and help with casework and legal correspondence.