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Pretrial Services Officer - Judicial Liaison Officer - Court Services Division

Pretrial Services Officer - Judicial Liaison Officer - Court Services Division

Pretrial Services Officer - Judicial Liaison Officer - Court Services Division

Harris County
Houston, TX 77002

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The Judicial Liaison Representative is responsible for supervising defendants' compliance with release conditions, providing services that minimize failures, and providing the courts with information to address noncompliance.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Informs newly released defendants about rules and conditions of release and establishes the defendant's acceptance and understanding of his or her obligations
  • Creates individualized supervision plans that help a defendant comply with release conditions and continually monitors the defendant's ability to comply
  • Enforces conditions of release
  • Initiates, verifies, and monitors the services defendants receive from vendors
  • Maintains accurate case notes documenting supervision activities and contacts
  • Screens defendants to determine if they need support service referrals to facilitate compliance with release conditions or address specific needs
  • Administers screening tests to defendants to detect substance use: review drug test results and electronic monitoring, and ignition interlock reports ascertaining defendant activity and condition compliance
  • Apprises court about violations and formulates recommendations for sanctions or alternatives to incarceration as requested
  • Testifies in court
  • Documents and maintains the information the department needs to prepare monthly reports
  • Responds to inquiries from defendants and the public about the pretrial process
  • Collaborates with personnel in criminal justice and human services agencies, representatives of the legal community, and others to achieve department goals
  • Performs all tasks accurately and thoroughly within demanding time frames
  • Performs other related duties and work overtime as required

Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, Counseling, or other closely related field from an accredited university or college, OR
  • Bachelor's degree in any other field of study from an accredited university or college
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Effective communications interaction, and organizational skills
  • Public speaking
  • Excellent documentation skills
  • Ability to perform tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Think strategically
  • Demonstrated tolerance for diverse populations
  • Ability to build and maintain professional relationships
  • Bilingual capabilities and experience with interviewing and report compilation preferred.
  • Business casual dress code
  • Valid driver's license (TX Upon Hire)
Additional Requirements:
  • Criminal history background check clearance
  • Personal transportation for use on the job
  • All new employees are required to present evidence of a TB skin test before employment.
  • Transcripts are required with the application
Functional Requirements:
  • Must be multifunctional, flexible, and self-motivated
  • Working in an office setting, court, and jail with security restrictions and close proximity to defendants
  • Continuous computer use
  • Travel between office locations including inclement weather
  • Shift and weekend assignments

NOTE: Qualifying education, experience, knowledge, and skills must be documented on your job application. You may attach a resume to the application as supporting documentation but ONLY information stated on the application will be used for consideration. "See Resume" will not be accepted for qualifications.


  • One (1) year of full-time paid experience in a criminal justice setting or
  • Two (2) years of volunteer experience in a criminal justice or social sciences setting
  • One (1) year of customer service experience which includes interacting with the public and eliciting information

General Information


  • 40 Hours Per Week/Includes Holiday Hours/Overtime as Required
  • Possible Days off Weekdays or Weekends
  • Possible Shifts Days, Evenings, or Midnight

  • $19.45/hourly
  • Based on 26 Pay Periods

Employment is contingent upon passing a background check and drug screen.
Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to the advertised closing date or at the discretion of the Hiring Department.

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