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Assign Issue to Reporter ONLY If Assignee Left Unassigned

We have developers that create issues all the time. Most often, these issues are for themselves, so we'd like to have issues automatically assigned to the reporter. Sometimes developers assign issues to other users.

If I use the "Assign to Reporter" post function, the issue is assigned to the reporter even if he or she changes the assignee to someone else.

Is there a way to only assign to the reporter if the assign field is "Unassigned"?



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import com.atlassian.jira.component.ComponentAccessor
import com.atlassian.jira.issue.Issue
import com.atlassian.jira.component.ComponentAccessor
def reporter = issue.getReporter()
def assingee =issue.getAssignee()

if (issue.assignee!=null){

}else {


Where should this script be used/put?

Hi Max

You can use this script for on your workflow ,select a step in workflow select edit 

-->post function than you can add their a script ,i use this with ScriptRunner 

i am adding also links here to help you start with scripts on JIRA

let me know if you need more info 



Out of the box, the answer appears to be no:

But....using a little script or a plugin can achieve the same trick:

This can be achieved via post functions on the Create Transition in the Project Workflow.  You can make "Assign to Reporter" the first post function.  This will make Assignee = Reporter if the user did not change the value in the create screen (left it set to "Automatic").

Kimberly's solution did not work for me:


  1. The Assignee of the issue will be set to @#$@#$$.
  2. Creates the issue originally.
  3. Fire a Issue Created event that can be processed by the listeners.

I have it first yet whenever i try to create an issue, it always goes to the default assignee, not to the assignee that I select when creating the issue.

For anyone coming across this page in the 2020's - this can easily be accomplished using Automations. See:

You can add a condition that if the Assignee IS EMPTY the automation will run. If your "Default" assignee is "Unassigned", this will only change the assignee to the reporter if a different assignee is not chosen.

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