The coronavirus outbreak has postponed an exam for Court Officer Trainees that was scheduled to begin next month, and which had attracted a record number of applicants.

The self-scheduled test was to run from April 15 to June 10. 

1-Month Postponement

“In order to help ensure the health and safety of our applicants and testing staff, as well as to permit additional flexibility as events unfold, we have postponed the exam for one month and extended the overall testing period by about two weeks,” a statement by a Unified Court System spokesman said. “We are texting applicants with the new information and have updated our website and examination announcement with the date changes.”

The computer-based, multiple-choice test, administered by PSI at test centers throughout the state, is now scheduled for May 13 to July 31, he said.

The test had attracted nearly 90,000 applicants, according to the president of the New York State Court Officers Association, Dennis Quirk.

"It's a wise decision not to expose people to this virus unnecessarily,” he said.

Applicants will now be emailed a link between April 20 and May 1 to self-schedule a time to take the three-hour, 15-minute examination, the UCS spokesman said. Scheduling will be first-come, first-served.

UCS employees will be required to select among the dates/times available on Saturdays and Sundays during the exam-administration period. Court employees who regularly work weekends will be granted excused leave during workhours according to their applicable collective-bargaining agreement Rules of the Chief Judge.

2-Year Traineeship

The trainee positions pay $51,113, with pay adjustments for people living in counties nearby to New York City. Court Officers, who constitute one of the largest groups of law-enforcement officers nationwide, are peace officers who provide law enforcement, security services and maintain order within the state’s 1,500-plus courtrooms and building facilities.

Court Officer-Trainees serve a two-year traineeship. After completion of formal training at the Academy, they may be assigned to all trial courts and court agencies to begin the on-the-job training portion of their traineeship.

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