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Job Vacancies : 04 August 2020

Research Support Associates with the Courts Service of Ireland

Research Support Associates with the Courts Service of Ireland

The Courts Service is seeking suitably qualified individuals to take up full–time fixed–term roles as Research Support Associates (RSA) in the Research Support Office (RSO). These individuals will provide high–quality legal research services to support members of the Irish Judiciary, along with being involved in initiatives to develop legal research and support services for the judiciary.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 12noon on Tuesday 18 August 2020.

Research Support Associates will engage directly with members of the Irish Judiciary. They will not be assigned directly to an individual judge but will undertake research projects and support information dissemination across the judiciary via newsletters and updates on case law for example.


  • Engage with members of the Irish Judiciary to understand their legal research requirements;
  • Provide high–quality, accurate and timely legal research for the Irish Judiciary through the extensive use of primary and secondary legal materials and electronic databases;
  • Produce a range of legal research outputs including customised research memoranda and generalised outputs (e.g. bench books on specific areas of law) which are well–written, accurate, concise and accessible;
  • Keep abreast of recent legal developments and update the Judiciary of same;
  • Upload and maintain up–to–date legal content on internal judicial support platforms;
  • Deliver briefings to members of the Judiciary and Judicial Assistants on legal research conducted by the office on various areas of law;
  • Provide high–quality editing, proof–reading and summarisation services for the Irish Judiciary;
  • Conduct legal research in response to requests from European and international judicial networks on matters of Irish law and the Irish legal system;
  • Provide peer–review support to colleagues;
  • Collaborate with colleagues across the Legal Research and Library Service to deliver innovative information and research services to support the Irish Judiciary;
  • Promote the Research Support Office across the Judiciary and the Courts Service;
  • Develop networks with other legal research and library services, bodies and communities with a view to drawing upon their knowledge and working collaboratively where appropriate;
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of the Research Support Office and wider Legal Research and Library Service by sharing ideas and experience;
  • Provide information sessions to visiting delegations of international dignitaries on the Irish legal system.

Requirements for the Role

  • An honours law degree at 2.1 (LLB or BCL) at a minimum of level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications or a recognised professional legal qualification or the Diploma in Legal Studies from King’s Inns;
  • Relevant experience conducting legal research (including academic research or research in the course of court–case preparation);
  • Knowledge Irish law and the Irish legal system, including contemporary statute and case law;
  • Excellent research, editing, and information technology skills;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Further information on the role and to download the application form, visit the Court Service website here.