Judicial research assistants are employed by the Courts Service upon two year non-renewable contracts.
The Judicial Researchers’ Office comprises six judicial research assistants. Together they constitute a mix of legal professionals (solicitors and barristers) and legal academics, each with complementing interests and qualifications. Judicial researchers work for judges of the High, Circuit and District Courts and the ambit of their research duties is not restricted to any one particular area. Their individual backgrounds and areas of interest mean that they can provide focused research in specific areas.
The Judicial Researchers’ Office work as a team and the collegiate spirit is evident in their approach to work. The work of a judicial research assistant is nothing if not varied. A typical day in the office may involve dealing with a wide array of queries, ranging from a request to locate a case to researching complex and intellectually challenging constitutional matters.
The role of a judicial research assistant includes, but is not limited to, the following tasks:
Preparing Research Memoranda (on discreet legal topics)
Bench Memoranda (Summary of Evidence)
Preparation for Conferences, Speeches & Publications
Compiling Hand-Books including District Court Handbooks
Judicial research assistants are also regularly asked by the Judicial Suuport Unit to assist them in facilitating and conducting tours of the Four Courts and of the Courts of Criminal Justice for visiting judges and dignitaries, and to provide these visitors with a brief overview of our legal system.