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Assignee locked in ServiceDesk Edited

By some mistake my agents are no more allowed to switch the assignee. Up to now, they were able to assigne issues to each other, in order to cover different topics. 

When I click into the assignee name, nothing happens. Clicking the pen next to the assignee, the edit-issue screen appears with assignee-field readonly. When I mouseover, it shows this sign

Users are still able to pull their issues (assign to me), but cannot assign each other.

Permissionhelper says permissions were alright, anyways I configured the assign-permission redundant because of this problem (directly to jira-servicedesk-users and project role SD-Agent).


  • JIRA 7.5.3
  • ServiceDesk 3.8.4

5 answers

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Jack Brickey Community Leader Nov 05, 2018

you need to go to project > project settings > permissions and ensure that the desired users are included in the Assign Issues permission.

My permissions are the following:


Maybe the issues is releated to an automated restart of my jira instance on the weekend?

Jack Brickey Community Leader Nov 05, 2018

I see u have "Service Desk Team" project role as being able to Assign Issues which is good. Now check to ensure that the users are in this role. If they are then the user should be able to assign an issue to another agent.

I just added the 3 dedicated users directly to the team-role, but nothing changes. They are project admins as well. 

Last week I created two scripted fields in scriptrunner, which  I disabled (return null) for investigation.

Even permission helper says it's all right. Which log should I check?

I just raised the permissions, without any impact:


Jack Brickey Community Leader Nov 05, 2018

i'm unsure where the issue might lie TBH. I'm thinking you have some script or permission scheme possibly thru third-party addon that is interfering. I'm tied up today after returning from vacation and would recommend you reach out to Atlassian Support or waiting for others to chime in here.

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Susan Hauth Community Leader Nov 06, 2018

Hi Florian,

You say you are editing the assignee, but more correctly you should use the Assign function located at the top of the issue to actually assign.


image.pngIs that available?

Hi Susan, 

thanks for your reply. I just tried to assign (via shortcut A or button), but the assignee is locked anyways.
I already opened a support request, but with no result up to now.

Susan Hauth Community Leader Nov 06, 2018

Hi Florian,

Not sure if you have access to the workflows, but some workflows will have a property on the step that will not allow assigning. 


I didn't find any special properties, just the one from the default ServiceDesk workflow.

The issue is still investigated by atlassian, but it seems to be related to Scriptrunner. Several weeks ago I had this problem after updating Scriptrunner:

The problem relates somehow to scriptrunner: when I disable scriptrunner it's solved. Removing my scripted fields from the service desk project, is no solution (problem remains).

Im using the latest version of scriptrunner (5.4.39), but the problem occured already before last update. 


I had configured a scriptrunner behaviour for default assignee, which I deleted now.

<config use-validator-plugin="false" name="SD-Default-Assignee" description="Weist SD-Tickets einen Standardbearbeiter zu" guideWorkflow="JIRA Service Desk-Arbeitsablauf für IT-Support für Projekt SERVICE">
<field id="assignee" required="null" readonly="true" hidden="null"/>
<field id="issuetype" required="true" readonly="null" hidden="null"/>

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