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Court Officer-Trainee Screening Process

VII - Evaluation Board

Each candidate’s background (e.g., employment history, educational qualifications, military service record, arrest and conviction record, and other relevant factors) will be investigated to determine his or her fitness for serving in the NYS Court Officer-Trainee job. An independent evaluation board reviews the candidate’s background and makes a recommendation regarding the candidate’s fitness for appointment. The personal characteristics assessed by the Evaluation Board include such areas as honesty, integrity, self-control, emotional maturity, self-discipline and the ability to act under stress. There are a number of factors which may be a cause for disqualification for appointment to the position. These include, but are not limited to: (a) a dishonorable discharge from the armed services; (b) conviction in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year (felony conviction); (c) a conviction in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence; (d) any repeated convictions of an offense which indicates a disrespect for the law; and (e) a lack of good moral character.

The Court Officer Evaluation Board is composed of court managers, security professionals and administrative staff who review the materials from the investigation to determine the candidate’s fitness for appointment as a NYS Court Officer-Trainee. Candidate identifying information is removed to ensure anonymity. Candidates who are successful at this stage of the process are cleared for appointment to a future NYS Court Officer-Trainee class.

Candidates must pass a pre-appointment medical examination before they can be appointed to an Academy class.

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