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Court Officer-Trainee Screening Process

VIII - Pre-Appointment Medical Exam

Candidates are required to meet the medical requirements stated below, and must undergo a medical examination again prior to entering the Court Officer Training Academy.

This is only a summary of the current Medical Standards. The Office of Court Administration reserves the right to modify these standards at any time during the duration of the eligible list.


Height & Weight Requirements

Maximum Weight Standards for New York State Court Officer-Trainee Job (Height/Weight Table)*

Height Men (lbs.) Women (lbs.)
4'10" - 144
4'11" - 147
5'0" - 151
5'1" - 154
5'2" 165 157
5'3" 168 162
5'4" 172 166
5'5" 176 171
5'6" 180 175
5'7" 185 179
5'8" 189 184
5'9" 194 187
5'10" 198 190
5'11" 202 194
6'0" 207 197
6'1" 211 -
6'2" 217 -
6'3" 222 -
6'4" 227 -
6'5" 233 -
6'6" 239 -

*These standards are based upon Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Height/Weight Tables as applied to a large frame individual plus 10%.

Vision Test (with & without correction)

Vision is evaluated both with and without correction (corrective lenses or glasses are permitted). In order to be qualified, 1) each candidate must have at least 20/30 binocular visual acuity (both eyes tested together) and 2) at least 20/40 visual acuity in each eye tested separately, either with or without correction for both near and far vision.

If correction is needed to meet this standard, then the candidate must also have uncorrected visual acuity of at least 20/70 binocular (using both eyes) for both near and far vision. Testing each eye separately, candidates must have at least 20/40 or better acuity in the best eye and 20/100 or better acuity in the worse eye without correction for both near and far testing. Testing in the worse eye must be correctable to 20/40 or better testing each eye separately, and 20/30 or better testing both eyes together.

The visual fields must not be less than 145 degrees and color vision is also required. Candidates who fail the standard color vision tests may take the Farnsworth-Munsell 100 Hue Test at their own expense and will only qualify if the Total Error Score is not greater than 124.


Blood Pressure

Cardiovascular System
Candidates must be free of any impairments due to organic heart disease resulting from failure of myocardial function and impairment of coronary circulatory function. Candidates are examined for hypertensive circulatory disease and for vascular diseases affecting the extremities. Blood pressure should not exceed 140/90. Candidates are evaluated on an individual basis relevant to the physical demands of the Court Officer job.


Hearing Test

Each candidate must be able to pass an audiometric test of hearing acuity without use of a hearing aid. Each ear is tested at the frequency ranges of 500, 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, and 6000 Hz. A candidate is qualified if the uncorrected bilateral hearing loss is less than or equal to 25 dB for the average of the following frequencies: 500, 1000, 2000, 3000 Hz in each ear; and, no greater than a 45dB loss at 4000 and 6000 Hz in either ear. Candidates failing the hearing  test may take Hearing Recourse Testing including Sound Field Testing at their own expense. Candidates must pass Recourse Testing without the use of hearing aids in order to be qualified.

Pulmonary Function Test

Respiratory System
Each candidate will be assessed for pulmonary functioning. The test of ventilatory function must be within normal values:
FVC - 80% or greater;
FEV1 - 80% or greater;

The Pulmonary Function Test measures how well the lungs take in and release air and how well they move oxygen into the blood. Candidates will undergo a spirometry test where they will be required to breathe into a mouthpiece that is connected to an instrument called a spirometer. The spirometer records the amount and the rate of air that you breathe in and out over a period of time.


Blood Test

Eligible candidates must be free of blood system impairments that will interfere with performance of the required job duties. Hematological impairments will be evaluated on an individual basis.


Urine Analysis

Substance Abuse
As part of the medical screening procedures, each candidate is required to submit to a comprehensive substance abuse evaluation, including a urine analysis, to determine if he or she is dependent upon or abuses alcohol or drugs. Candidates who test positive for substance abuse will be disqualified.


Chest X-Ray

Candidates are required to undergo a chest x-ray (chest radiograph) to screen for conditions which may affect the candidates ability to perform the job. Only performed if more than one year since full medical.


Doctor Examination

Medical Examination
Each candidate is required to be free of medical conditions which would impair his or her ability to effectively perform the duties of the position. Candidates are required to meet specific medical requirements at the time of the medical examination and at the time of appointment.

Musculoskeletal System
Candidates must be free of musculoskeletal impairments which may affect job performance. Functional use of the arms, hands, legs, feet and back must be demonstrated at the time of the medical examination. Scoliosis (thoracolumbar) is disqualifying if the angle is greater than 20 degrees. If the history and/or physical examination suggests a low back disorder, lumbar spine x-rays will be conducted.

Peripheral Spinal Nerves and Central Nervous System
Candidates are evaluated to determine the existence of any specific impairments of peripheral spinal nerves in the following three categories:  Unilateral spinal nerve root impairment, spinal nerve plexus and named spinal nerves. For impairments associated with central nervous system functioning, any impairment associated with "station and gait," respiratory impairment due to spinal cord damage, or urinary-bladder function may be considered disqualifying. Episodic neurological disturbances (e.g. seizures) will be disqualifying. In addition, candidates should be free of significant speech pathology which interferes with communication.

Digestive System
Candidates must be free of disorders of the digestive system which can interfere with the requirements of the job. Symptoms and signs of organic upper digestive tract disease, progressive chronic liver disease, or colonic or rectal disease may be disqualifying.

Endocrine System
Diabetes mellitus will be considered disqualifying if symptoms of target organ damage are present or if frequent blood sugar irregularities and/or with postprandial blood sugar greater than 200. History of ketoacidosis or hypoglycemic coma are disqualifying.

Medical Re-Evaluation

Re-evaluation Procedures
A candidate who is medically disqualified for a condition which improves substantially after the administration of the initial Medical Examination may be re-evaluated by a physician designated by the New York State Unified Court System for a final determination. Some disqualifications on medical conditions such as drug dependency will not be re-evaluated.

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