Responsibilities & Qualifications | Salary & Benefits | Career Advancement






2 court officers in front of family courtCourt officers are peace officers who are required to wear uniforms and carry firearms. They are charged with providing law enforcement, security services and maintaining order within court facilities statewide. Court officers also execute bench warrants and make arrests.



court officers at a ceremonyTo be appointed to the Court Officer-Trainee title, candidates must be:

  • At least 20.5 years of age
  • A United States citizen
  • A New York State resident
  • Possess a High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Possess a valid New York State Driver’s License






court officers standing at attentionNew York State Court Officer-Trainees enter the academy at Judicial Grade 16. After successful completion of a two-year traineeship, court officers automatically promote to Judicial Grade 19. As of March 30, 2023, the salary range for these two grades from hiring rate to maximum may be $54,768 to $87,451.

  • Location Pay Differential for New York City - Metropolitan Area is $4,635
  • Twenty (20) Paid Vacation Days in the First Year
  • Twenty-Seven (27) Paid Vacation Days by Seventh Year
  • Twelve (12) Paid Holidays
  • Pre-Tour Prep Leave Time
  • Regular Work Schedule
  • Excellent Health Insurance
  • Retirement Benefits
  • Limited Evening and Weekend Assignments
  • Deferred Compensation Option






court officers at firing rangeCourt officers have an opportunity to be assigned to specialized units such as the Special Response Team (SRT), Mobile Security Patrol (MSP) and Command Center Operations. Officers assigned to specialized details undergo additional law enforcement training. In addition to the opportunity to participate in specialized assignments, court officers can advance their careers through promotion to higher ranked positions within the Court Officer Title Series:


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  • Court Officer-Sergeant (promotional exam)
  • Court Officer-Lieutenant (promotional exam)
  • Court Officer-Captain
  • Court Officer-Major
  • Assistant Chief Court Officer
  • Deputy Chief Court Officer
  • Chief Court Officer



Court Officer at firing range Promotional opportunities are available within the Court Officers Academy, Applicant Background Investigation Unit and the Department of Public Safety.




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  • New York City Courts
  • Nassau & Suffolk Counties
  • Ninth Judicial District
  • Third Judicial District
  • Fourth Judicial District
  • Fifth Judicial District
  • Sixth Judicial District
  • Eighth Judicial District
  • **Seventh Judicial District (Court officers are currently not assigned to this district)