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The Exam Process

I. EXAMS OPEN FOR FILING (Apply to take an exam):

There are currently no examinations open for filing. The New York State Court Officer-Trainee examination opens for filing June 19, 2014.

II. PENDING EXAMS (Filing Period Closed):

Court Office Assistant 45-782

Senior Court Office Assistant 45-783

Court Office Assistant 55-782

Senior Court Office Assistant 55-783

III. TAKE THE EXAM: Applicants are emailed Admission Notices no later than seven days prior to the examination date. The Admission Notice contains the test site address, test time and general instructions.

IV. RECEIVE EXAM RESULTS: Applicants are emailed Results Notices generally seven to nine months after the examination date.

2014 Statewide Examination Schedule*
Title & Salary Grade Type of Exam Filing

May 31, 2014

Court Office Assistant (JG-8)

Senior Court Office Assistant (JG-12)

Open-Competitive and



October 18, 2014

December 13, 2014

NYS Court Officer-Trainee (JG-14)

(Filing Opens June 19, 2014)

Open-Competitive TBA

*The scheduling of Examinations is subject to change.

General Information

OPEN-COMPETITIVE EXAMINATIONS are open to all qualified applicants, including members of the general public and employees of the New York State Unified Court System.
PROMOTIONAL EXAMINATIONS are limited to qualified employees of the New York State Unified Court System.

A non-refundable $30 filing fee is charged for all open-competitive examinations. A waiver of the fee requirement is made for employees of the New York State Unified Court System and those who fall into other categories set forth on the examination announcement.

The issuance of an examination announcement and the opening of the filing period usually occur about three to six months prior to the scheduled examination date. This filing period is at least four weeks long. If you choose to take an examination you must submit an application during the filing period.

The application must be submitted online only during the filing period. An email address and credit or debit card are required for successful submission. Separate applications must be submitted if an applicant is applying to more than one examination.

An examination announcement may be viewed or downloaded from this website during the filing period of the examination until the date of the examination.

Civil Service Administration
For further information contact us by email:

You may write to us at:
Civil Service Administration
Office of Court Administration
25 Beaver Street, Room 1047
New York, NY 10004

Exam History

Eligible lists are in existence for four years and may be extended for one additional year. Consistent with civil service rules, passing candidates will be canvassed in rank order when there is a vacancy to be filled. Questions regarding the test should be submitted to

Candidates who wish to modify their location preference, address, phone number or other information should contact

Court Officer-Trainee examination 45-758 was held October 24 & December 12, 2009 throughout New York State.

Court Officer-Trainee Eligible List 45-758 has been established July 28, 2010. Result Notices have been mailed to all applicants.  Any applicant who did not receive a test score in the mail should email

Additional information concerning the Court Officer-Trainee pre and post process is located at

Court Interpreter (Spanish) (JG-18) Eligible List 45-757 was established January 28, 2011. Result Notices were mailed to all applicants on January 28, 2011.

Court Reporter (JG-24) Eligible List 45-764 was established November 4, 2011. Result Notices were emailed to all applicants on November 10, 2011.

Surrogate’s Court Clerk (JG-18) Eligible List 55-765 and Senior Surrogate’s Court Clerk (JG-21) Eligible List 55-766 were established November 10, 2011. Result Notices were e-mailed to all applicants on November 18, 2011.

Court Assistant (JG-16) Eligible List 45-762 was established December 8, 2011. Result Notices were emailed to all applicants on December 14 through December 16, 2011.

Supervising Court Office Assistant (JG-16) Eligible List 55-763 was established December 8 2011. Result Notices were emailed to all applicants on December 14, 2011.

Senior Court Reporter (JG-27) Eligible Lists 45-767 and 55-767 were established December 16, 2011. Result Notices were emailed to all applicants on December 21, 2011.

Law Librarian (JG-20) Eligible List 45-768 and Senior Law Librarian (JG-24) Eligible Lists 45-769 and 55-769 were established February 28, 2012. Result Notices were e-mailed to all applicants on February 28, 2012.

Senior Data Recording Assistant (JG-12) Eligible List 55-770, Supervising Data Recording Assistant (JG-16) Eligible List 55-771 and Senior Supervising Data Recording Assistant (JG-18) Eligible List 55-772 were established June 5, 2012. Result Notices were e-mailed to all applicants on June 6, 2012.

Associate Court Clerk (JG-23) Eligible List 55-773 and Principal Court Clerk (JG-26) Eligible List 55-774 were established on May 3, 2013. Result Notices were e-mailed to all applicants on May 3, 2013.

Court Clerk (JG-18) Eligible List 55-778 and Senior Court Clerk (JG-21) Eligible List 55-779 were established on November 21, 2013. Result Notices were e-mailed to all applicants on November 21, 2013 and November 22, 2013.

Associate Surrogate’s Court Clerk (JG-23) Eligible List 55-775 and Principal Surrogate’s Court Clerk (JG-26) Eligible List 55-776 were established on December 5, 2013. Result Notices were e-mailed to all applicants on December 5, 2013.

Court Revenue Assistant (JG-14) Eligible List 55-777 was established March 7, 2014. Result Notices were e-mailed to all applicants on March 7, 2014.

Promotional Examination Seniority Credits For Unified Court System Employees

Successful promotional examination candidates will have seniority credits added to their examination results based upon their length of continuous permanent service in the New York State Unified Court System. Credits are computed from the date of the examination and will be added to candidates' passing results accordingly:

Less than 1 year: 0 points
1 year up to 6 years: 1 point
Over 6 years up to 11 years: 2 points
Over 11 years up to 16 years: 3 points
Over 16 years up to 21 years: 4 points
Over 21 years up to 26 years: 5 points
Over 26 years up to 31 years: 6 points
Over 31 years up to 36 years: 7 points

Appointments and Systems Management Office
For information regarding rank #, score, location preference, or post-exam address change, please email or fax 646-963-6619

Per-Diem Court Interpreters For Languages Other Than Spanish


The Written English Examination (for languages other than Spanish) is scheduled to be held in New York City on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The examination is scheduled to be held outside New York City the week of June 23, 2014.

Applications must be postmarked by Tuesday, May 6, 2014.

Candidates are required to pass a multiple-choice written examination assessing English Language Proficiency and basic Legal Terminology, which covers the following areas: Reading and Understanding Written Material - Sentence Completion and Paragraph Comprehension; Grammar and Language Usage; Vocabulary - Synonyms and Antonyms; Idiomatic Expressions; and, Legal Terminology.

Candidates who are successful in this examination are invited to take an oral examination which is currently administered in the following languages: Albanian, Arabic, BCS (Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian), Bengali, Cantonese, French, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Urdu, Vietnamese and Wolof. Candidates interested in interpreting languages that are not listed above are required to submit appropriate professional references and/or academic credentials that relate to their interpreting skills.

The Written English Proficiency Exam is scheduled once a year, usually early summer. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and scheduled exam dates will be posted online.

*NOTE to applicants who were invited to the June 2013 Written English Exam (for languages other than Spanish) but who did not appear to take the exam: In order to be included or invited to the NEXT court interpreter exam, you must submit a new application.

Questions regarding exam results and address changes can be forwarded to Per-Diem Court Interpreter

Download the Per-Diem Application Form
The form must be completed and mailed directly to:

Court Interpreting Services
Office of Court Administration
Division of Professional and Court Services
25 Beaver Street - 8th floor
New York, NY 10004

Reciprocity and Exam Waiver
Interpreters possessing out-of-state court interpreter certification may apply for state reciprocity. Information regarding reciprocity and exam waiver can be found at Informational Sheet. Applicants seeking reciprocity or exam waiver must complete the Per-Diem Application Form and the Exam Waiver/Reciprocity Form. All forms, certified copies of examination results, certificates and/or credentials that can be verified must be mailed to Court Interpreting Services.

For more information go to Court Interpreting Services

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