Court Marshal

  • City of Seattle, WA
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Mar 07, 2019
Full Time Court Administration Legal Services
  • Salary: $29.96 - $36.35 Hourly

Job Description

Position Description

The Seattle Municipal Court (SMC) is one of the highest volume Courts of Limited Jurisdiction in the State of Washington with 12 judicial officers and over 200 staff. It was established in accordance with State law and is the judicial branch of government for the City. The Court is authorized by the State of Washington and the Seattle Municipal Code to hear and decide both criminal and civil matters.
SMC, recognized for our proactive and innovative approach, is seeking experienced law enforcement or corrections officers for the position of Court Marshal. The unit consists of 11 specially-commissioned officers, two Sergeants, and a Chief leading the team. Join the Court's specially-commissioned team as an officer responsible for all aspects of security and creating a safe environment for defendants, the public, and Court employees. This high-volume work unit seeks to hire dedicated, agile, and motivated staff.
The ideal candidate:
  • Has successfully completed a law enforcement or corrections academy;
  • Can become certified in the use of firearms;
  • Has a minimum -two (2) years of full-time post academy law enforcement or corrections experience.
  • Thrives in a team-oriented environment.
  • Can successfully pass a polygraph, psychological, medical, and drug testing
  • Is trained and experienced in the use of defensive tactics and use of force.
  • Is a skilled communicator able to work effectively with a people from diverse backgrounds (i.e., Judges, Court Staff, Attorneys, other law enforcement personnel, the public, and defendants)
The Court may consider applicants from this recruitment process for other part-time, temporary and full-time Court Marshal openings that may come available within the next six months.

Job Responsibilities

  • Guard and protect prisoners, Court staff and the public in courtrooms, jail holding cells and court-related areas.
  • Intervene and make arrests in potential incidents of violence or warrant service.
  • Escort prisoners or detainees between secured facilities and courtrooms.
  • Book out-of-custody defendants into jail and search holding cells for contraband on a regular basis.
  • Monitor, assist, and oversee security screeners to ensure screening of the public is conducted in a professional manner.
  • Operate security devices: firearm, baton, Taser, etc.
  • Act as first responder to fire alarms, bomb threats and various safety concerns, and assist with building evacuations.
  • Complete incident and police type reports and various required paperwork.
  • Successfully secure and maintain Seattle Police Department special commission which includes passing an annual firearm qualification.
Work Environment/Physical Demands: Frequently exposed to individuals who are distraught, hostile or abusive.


This position has a special commission issued by the Seattle Police Department (SPD) which requires all Court Marshal candidates to meet certain hiring standards.Please review the automatic and case-by-case disqualifiers to determine if you are qualified to submit your application for the Court Marshal position.

SPD is interested in the applicant's life story as a complete picture.SPD understands that, at times, people encounter challenges in their lives.During the background investigation process, SPD will learn in detail about those challenges, as well as the lessons learned, and the life changes the applicant has made.

It is imperative that you are forthcoming in your responses; honesty is expected throughout this process.
Minimum Employment Standards:
The following are automatic disqualifiers - applicants should not apply to our agency if any of the following apply:
  • Criminal Record :any adult felony conviction; any misdemeanor or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice and/or law enforcement capacity; or any domestic violence conviction.
  • Drug Use - Prior to the date of this application, the applicant :
  • Has not used Marijuana within twelve (12) months, and
  • Has not used cocaine or crack within the previous ten (10) years , and
  • Has not used club drugs, such as, but not limited to: Ketamine, GHB, Rohypnol, or MDMA (ecstasy) within the previous five (5) years, and
  • Has not used any Hallucinogens; PCP, Angel Dust, Wet, Phencyclidine, LSD, Mushrooms, or Psylocybin, within the previous ten (10) years , and
  • Has not used Opium, Morphine, or Heroin within the previous ten (10) years , and
  • Has not used Methamphetamine, Crank, Crystal, Ice, Speed, Glass, or Amphetamine within the previous ten (10) years, and
  • Has not inhaled aerosols, sometimes referred to as Huffing (paint) or Whippits (Nitrous Oxide) or used Khat within the previous five (5) years , and
  • Has not used four (4) or more controlled substances within the previous ten (10) years , and
  • Has not used any illegal drug(s) while employed in a criminal justice and/or law enforcement capacity, and
  • Has not manufactured or cultivated illegal drug(s) for the sales/marketing of the drug(s), and
  • Has not sold or facilitated the sale of illegal drugs.
Case-by-Case Disqualifiers
The following are behaviors that will be given case-by-case consideration.
  • Military Discharge :Any discharge from any military service other than honorable circumstances (fair employment laws apply).
  • Traffic Record :An applicant's driving record will be thoroughly assessed and may be a factor for disqualification. Examples of infractions/traffic crimes that may be disqualifying include:Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), reckless driving or hit and run driving, or suspension of your driver's license within five years of the date of application.
  • Employment Record :An applicant's employment history, including any terminations, or leaving an employer in lieu of termination, will be thoroughly assessed and may be grounds for disqualification.
  • Financial Record :An applicant's credit history, including excessive credit card debt or unresolved accounts in collections will be thoroughly assessed and may be grounds for disqualification.The following will be disqualifying: failure to pay income tax, or child support.
  • Professional Appearance :All applicants are always expected to maintain a professional appearance.SMC has the discretion in determining what is considered professional, as it relates to the position the applicant is applying for. All tattoos, branding (intentional burning of skin to create a design), voluntary disfigurement (marring or spoiling of the appearance or shape of a body part), or scarification (intentional cutting of the skin to create a design) shall be carefully reviewed by SMC on a case-by-case basis.
Other Minimum Qualifications:
  • Certified by a criminal justice or corrections academy program AND at least two years of full-time law enforcement or corrections experience. Other types of law enforcement work experience will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Copy of certification or transcript from Washington State or an equivalent certified criminal justice academy program is required.
  • Must possess a valid Washington State Driver's license.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age upon hire.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • As noted above, the successful candidate must pass the SPD background investigation, which requires full disclosure of the applicant's past.Any negative factors found in the candidate's background will be evaluated in terms of the circumstances and facts surrounding its occurrence.Deliberate inaccuracies or omissions may disqualify an applicant from advancing in the process.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Current First Aid Certificate, CPR, and use of Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
  • Bi-lingual
  • Proficient using a computer to access email, trainings, and timesheet.
  • Demonstrated ability to:
  • Engage in proactive intervention to defuse conflicts and maintain orderly conduct in public group situations;
  • Use defensive tactics and the appropriate use of force, including weapons such as firearms and batons
  • Perform strenuous physical tasks such as running, subduing, and detaining individuals.
  • Confront problematic situations and exercise sound judgment under stress and in emergency situations
  • Provide excellent communication, observation, and problem-solving skills
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with Judges, Court employees, and outside law enforcement agencies
  • Work in close contact with persons who are mentally ill or who have physical illness.

Additional Information

Hiring Process
Qualified candidates must submit the following to be considered:
  1. Completed NEOGOV application.
  2. Supplemental questionnaire.
  3. Cover letter describing how your skills/experience align with the job responsibilities and qualifications.
  4. Current resume indicating relevant experience and education.
  5. Candidates selected for first round interviews will be asked to provide a copy of their law enforcement or corrections certification or transcript.
Your application will not be reviewed if these items are missing or incomplete. By completing the supplemental questions, you are attesting that the information you have provided is true and accurate. The Court will review any information provided in your application package and misstatements or falsification of information will eliminate you from consideration and/or employment if discovered after selection for the position. Attaching or pasting a cover letter and resume alone is not a substitute for completing the application itself.
All applications will be reviewed, and the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in two rounds of interviews.Out-of-state candidates, at their own expense, must make travel arrangements to participate in-person for at least one interview, either the first or second.
  • Top candidates, who successfully pass the second round, will be asked to submit the completed Personal History Information (PHI) packet.An extensive background investigation conducted by the Seattle Police Department.The complete PHI packet can be downloaded from the Seattle Police Department's website at: .Incomplete or untimely submissions will result in disqualification from the hiring process. Make sure and attach photocopies of your driver's license, social security card, DD 214 and law enforcement or corrections academy certification. The Release of Information & Credit History Release forms MUST be notarized.
  • Candidates asked to participate in the background check process will have an in-depth test and interview with an SPD detective.Out-of-state candidates must make travel arrangements, at their own expense, to participate in-person for this portion of the recruitment process.
  • Successful candidates who receive a conditional offer of employment must pass the final investigation phase conducted by Seattle Police Department, which includes polygraph, psychological, medical, and drug testing. Out-of-state candidates must make travel arrangements, at their own expense, to participate in-person for this portion of the recruitment process.
  • The Court may consider applicants from this recruitment process for other part-time, temporary and full-time Court Marshal openings that may come available within the next six months.
Union Information:
This position is represented by Seattle Municipal Court Marshal's Guild.
Recruitment Process and Timeline : The entire recruitment process: application to start date takes approximately eight (8) months.

Special Commission :As a condition of employment, Marshals must obtain and maintain a Special Commission issued by the Seattle Police Department, which includes annual firearms qualifications.

Note:The Physical Agility Test (PAT) and WA State Basic Law Enforcement equivalency academy training are not required.
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