Magistrate Job Description Sample
Position Description Benefits Supplemental Questions
The Seattle Municipal Court (SMC) is one of the highest volume Courts of Limited Jurisdiction in the State of Washington with seven elected judges, five appointed magistrates and over 200 employees. SMC is the judicial branch of government for the City of Seattle and is authorized by the State of Washington. The Court adjudicates all misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor crimes, infractions, and civil violations authorized under the Seattle Municipal Code and certain Revised Code of Washington Statutes.
SMC is seeking an experienced attorney to join the Court as a Magistrate. A Magistrate conducts mitigation hearings and civil trials on contested infractions and settlement conferences. The Magistrate rules on legal motions, decides the merits of cases, hears and evaluates evidence and witness credibility and makes findings of facts and conclusions of law. A Magistrate may serve in formal court as a judge pro tempore when an elected judge is unavailable. The Magistrate directly interacts with citizens and must ensure that each person is afforded a full and fair hearing.
A successful candidate:
Will have a Juris Doctorate (JD)
Be a licensed attorney
Be a member of the Washington State Bar Association in good standing
Will have practiced law for at least five years.
Available to work an occasional Saturday/holiday and intermittently after-hours.
Conduct hearings on a wide variety of Seattle Municipal Code traffic violations, including those involving automobiles, bicyclists and pedestrians.
Conduct hearings involving the public's health and safety including animal control violations, zoning, fire and building code violations.
Impose appropriate sanctions for violations.
Serve in formal court as a judge pro tempore when needed. In such situations, the Magistrate may preside over in-custody arraignments, pre-trial hearings, motions, criminal trials and review hearings, as well as presiding over Mental Health and Veterans Treatment Courts.
Provide occasional Saturday and holiday coverage as well as some after-hour issuance of search warrants.
Graduate of law with Bachelor of Law (LLB) or Juris Doctorate (JD) degree
Five (5) years in the practice of law, including substantial criminal law experience
Knowledge of the Rules of Courts of Limited Jurisdiction (CrRLJ)
Knowledge of the Rules of Evidence (ER)
Knowledge of the Infraction Rules for Courts of Limited Jurisdiction (IRLJ)
Possess diplomacy and objectivity in the fulfillment of all job duties;
Ability to maintain decorum in a courtroom;
Ability to apply fair and equitable administration of the law while providing good customer service;
Ability to conduct court business in a manner that brings honor and respect to the organization;
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of staff;
Demonstrate a willingness to promote and explain court programs through speaking engagements at community and school events.
Additional Information:Hiring Process
Applications are reviewed after the posting closes. Qualified candidates must submit the following to be considered.
Completed NEOGOV online application.
Cover letter describing how your skills and experience align with the stated job responsibilities and qualifications.
Current resume indicating relevant experience and education.
Your application will not be reviewed if these items are missing or incomplete. The Court will review any information provided in your application package. Misstatements or falsification of information will eliminate you from consideration and/or employment if discovered after selection for the position. Attaching or pasting a cover letter and resume alone is not a substitute for completing the application itself. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
The successful candidate must be able to work an occasional Saturday and/or holiday. He/she must also be able to provide intermittent after-hours coverage to issue search warrants.
A job offer is contingent upon verification of credentials and successfully passing the Court's background check. The background check includes a criminal history background review, fingerprinting and reference checks.
The full hourly compensation range for this job classification is listed above
For more information on the Seattle Municipal Court, visit www.seattle.gov/courts
The Commonwealth of Virginia has an opening for a magistrate position in Magisterial Region 8. A magistrate is an independent judicial officer appointed by the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia.
Magisterial Region 8 is comprised of the Counties of Southampton, Isle of Wight, and the Cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk, Newport News, and Hampton. The magistrate will be required to conduct hearings throughout Magisterial Region 8. Initially, the magistrate appointed to this position primarily will serve in Hampton located in the 8th Judicial District.
A magistrate must possess a fundamental working knowledge of Virginia law and demonstrate an ability to impartially and efficiently apply that knowledge in the resolution of legal issues. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: -- Conducting neutral and impartial hearings relating to searches, arrests, bail, temporary detentions, and civil issues -- Conducting legal research and analysis -- Ascertaining facts and applying them to relevant legal principles -- Maintaining order and decorum in highly charged, sensitive circumstances -- Receiving and accounting for money
- Bachelorâ??s degree from an accredited institution of higher education -- Excellent English speaking, listening, and writing skills -- Strong interpersonal skills -- Computer proficiency
Description of Work
RECRUITMENT RANGE: $37,862.00 - $50,690.00
SALARY GRADE: Flat Rated
Magistrates are judicial officials who evaluate requests for criminal charges and issue criminal process and search warrants. In addition, magistrates conduct initial appearances, including bond hearings, for defendants upon arrest.
Magistrates preside over Small Claims Court hearings and marriage ceremonies. Must be able to work irregular hours including nights, weekends, and holidays. The person in this full time position will serve as an officer of district court in accordance with NC General Statutes §7A 170-179.
The Clerk of Superior Court, in his/her sole discretion, nominates person(s) to be considered for appointment to the position of magistrate to the Senior Resident Superior Court Judge. The Senior Resident Superior Court Judge, in his/her sole discretion, appoints magistrate(s) to an initial two-year term. The Chief District Court Judge determines magistrates' work schedules.
Entry rate of pay commensurate with prior experience as a Magistrate; $50,690.00 is the entry rate of pay for a Magistrate with an active law license from any state.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
Individuals most suited for magistrate positions possess the ability to exercise sound judgment and to make decisions, are proficient at general office and computer skills, understand North Carolina Court Systems procedures, are team players with the ability to work under pressure, and have the ability to communicate effectively with the general public.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Graduation from a four year college or university; or an associate degree and four years of work experience in a related field. Related fields include: teaching, social services, law enforcement, arbitration or mediation, the court system, or counseling.
Magistrates are statutorily required to live in the county the magistrate position serves at the time of nomination. You MUST be a resident of Washington County to be eligible for this position.
Attach cover letter and résumé.
Supplemental and Contact Information
Applicants must complete an on-line application by clicking the above APPLY link. Mailed or faxed applications will not be accepted.
Before applying, please read the Online Employment Application Guide for instructions on creating your profile and applying for specific postings.
It is important your application includes all of your relevant education and work experience and that you answer all questions associated with the application to receive proper credit. Résumés are not accepted in lieu of fully completed applications.
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Carefully review the FAQs if you experience difficulty with the application process or attaching documents. For technical issues with applications or attachments, call the NeoGov Help Line at 877-204-4442.
All NC Judicial Branch agencies are Equal Opportunity Employers.
The North Carolina Judicial Branch participates in E-Verify, an internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from the US Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment eligibility. To learn more, click on these links:
E-Verify Participation (Spanish)
Right to Work
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Charmaine J. Leeks
NC Administrative Office of the Courts
Human Resources Division
Magistrate - 3 Positions
The Commonwealth of Virginia has three (3) openings for a magistrate position in Magisterial Region 6. A Magistrate is an independent judicial officer appointed by the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia.
Magisterial Region 6 is comprised of the Counties of Caroline, Charles, Essex, Gloucester, Hanover, Henrico, James City, King and Queen, King George, King William, Lancaster, Matthews, Middlesex, New Kent, Northumberland, Richmond, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Westmoreland, and York; and the Cities of Fredericksburg, Richmond, and Williamsburg. The Magistrates will be required to conduct hearings throughout Magisterial Region 6. Initially, the Magistrate appointed to this position will serve primarily in either Stafford or Spotsylvania County located in the 15th Judicial District, however they may be required to sit in any location in the Region.
Magistrates must possess a fundamental working knowledge of Virginia civil and criminal law, and demonstrate an ability to impartially and efficiently apply that knowledge in the resolution of legal issues. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: -- Conducting neutral and impartial hearings relating to searches, arrests, bail, temporary detentions, and civil issues -- Conducting legal research and analysis -- Ascertaining facts and applying them to relevant legal principles -- Maintaining order and decorum in highly charged, sensitive circumstances -- Receiving and accounting for money
- Bachelorâ??s degree from an accredited institution of higher education -- Excellent English speaking, listening, and writing skills -- Strong interpersonal skills -- Computer proficiency
Council Of Judges - Criminal Law Magistrate Judge (Part-Time Temporary)
Graduation from an accredited law school. Must have at least four (4) years of experience as a practicing attorney. Must be licensed to practice law in the State of Texas for at least four (4) years; with two (2) years of supervisory experience.
Certificates and Licenses Required
Must have valid Texas Bar license.
Must have or obtain by date of hire a valid driver's license applicable to job responsibilities, with a good driving record acceptable to the County of El Paso.
Administrative Duties (If presiding):
Provides vision and leadership in administering all Criminal Law Magistrate activities;
Strategizes, plans, organizes, reviews, designs, and evaluates the overall operations and development of the department's administration;
Directs department goals and objectives to be consistent with priorities, policies and procedures established by the Council of Judges
Responsible for all administrative, personnel and department operations; provides management, administration, organizational leadership, and team building; plans, assigns, supervises, trains and evaluates the work of professional, technical and administrative support staff; assigns duties and plans work of others;
Schedules work on a long-term basis; establishes standards and priorities and ensures that they are maintained by others;
Maintains a highly competent staff to meet the established needs of the entities; implements personnel selections, transfers/promotions, discipline, evaluations, changes or terminations within guidelines set by the Council of Judges; and
Monitors and oversees department operations to assure that services delivered are in compliance with contract provisions, applicable laws, rules and regulations established by federal, state, and local laws and by applicable standards established by the Council of Judges and the department.
Substantive Magistrate Duties:
Schedules and holds pre-hearings and hearings and concludes them expeditiously; conducts hearings involving varied legal, procedural, and technical issues;
Analyzes testimony and other evidence, applying all pertinent law, rules and policies to a case;
Rules on discovery disputes, scheduling requests, and motions; rules on a pretrial motions;
Administers oaths; hears evidence; compels production of relevant evidence; rules on admissibility of evidence;
Complies and maintains records of evidence, ensures proper handling of matters for appeal, confidentiality and other considerations;
Issues summons for the appearance of witnesses, orders and writs; Formulates and makes oral and written findings of fact and conclusions of law and recommends the rulings, orders or judgments to be made in criminal matters;
Accepts pleas of guilty from defendant charged with misdemeanor, felony, or both misdemeanor and felony offenses;
Issues writs of injunction and all other writs necessary for the enforcement of the jurisdiction of the court and may issue misdemeanor writs of habeas corpus in cases in which the offense charged is within the jurisdiction of the court or of any other court of inferior jurisdiction in the County;
Has contempt, both direct and indirect, powers for all matters within the court;
Gives preference to magistrate duties; however, has all other powers, duties, immunities, and privileges provided by law for (1) justices of the peace when acting in a Class C misdemeanor case; (2) County Court judges when acting in a Class A or Class B misdemeanor case; and (3) District Court Judges when acting in a felony case;
May hold indigency hearings and capias pro fine hearings;
May release a defendant under Article 17.031, Code of Criminal Court Procedure, under guidelines established by the Council of Judges;
May transfer between courts a case that is pending in the criminal law magistrate court's jurisdiction if the case is (1) an unindicted felony case; (2) a Class A or Class B misdemeanor case if an information has not been filed; or (3) a Class C misdemeanor case;
Performs acts and takes measures necessary for the efficient performance of the duties required by the order of referral;
Conforms to court policies regarding ex parte communications and ethics matters;
Prepares and submits data and/or reports as necessary;
Leads by example while representing the organization by maintaining personal integrity and professional ethics; and
Promotes a work culture that is sensitive and responsive to the needs, interests, and values of the organization.
Responsible for making financial recommendations on capital purchases, annual budget and expense allocations; oversees financial planning for departmental functions and needs in concurrence with Council of Judges approvals;
Assures that department recommendations that have been approved by Council of Judges are carried out or complied with; forecasts personnel and financial needs of all activities; keeps abreast of developments that affect the functions performed in each reporting section of the department.
Commits to providing excellent customer service and demonstrates commitment through cooperative team and individual efforts; and
Contributes to a high quality work culture through participation in training and mentoring to develop skills, including safety related training and skills.
Other Important Duties*
Performs such other related duties as may be assigned;
Maintains a safe and healthy work place environment; and
As members of the County of El Paso Emergency Response System, all El Paso County employees are designated as Disaster Service Workers during a proclaimed emergency and may be required to train on emergency response and/or perform certain emergency services at the direction of their supervisor.
The Criminal Law Magistrate Judge performs a variety of judicial duties in the El Paso County Criminal Courts including deciding the merits of cases, hearing and evaluating evidence and witness credibility, analyzing laws and rules, making findings of fact and conclusions of law and issuing oral or written decisions and orders to resolve issues in criminal matters. The incumbent works independently, subject to administrative approval, leading and managing the criminal law magistrate court, and is responsible for scheduling and overseeing the daily operations of the other Criminal Law Magistrate Judges, and supervising staff as necessary.
Knowledge of: Federal, State and Local applicable laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, rules, policies and procedures regarding Criminal Law Magistrate Courts; working knowledge of the Odyssey software, principles, methods and practices of public administration, municipal finance, accounting and budget.
Skills/Ability to: communicate effectively with individuals of varying backgrounds and educational levels, make sound decisions in a timely manner based upon legal knowledge and experience, exercise excellent interpersonal, managerial and administrative skills; handle public scrutiny; lead and motivate subordinates; complete projects on time and within budget; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing to include email; analyze and evaluate information; develop and write policies; employ work measurement techniques and conduct studies and research with minimal supervision; analyze operations and recommend improved efficiencies within a local government environment; explain technical financial projections, analyses, budgetary, and accounting problems in a simple, non-technical language; exercise appropriate judgment, determine needs, gather, analyze, evaluate, and present data and recommendations; operate computer, using standard word-processing, spreadsheet, and database software to include Odyssey; schedule, supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other county employees and the general public; commit to providing excellent customer service; compile and present statistical information; prepare and present clear and concise reports and policies; and keep accurate records. Bilingual in Spanish is preferred.
Judicial Law Clerk To U.S. Magistrate Judge
Announcement Number: 18-27 Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia City, State:
Atlanta, GA Court Website: http://www.gand.uscourts.gov Permanent Position: Temporary Job Grade: JSP 11-JSP 13 Minimum Salary: $64,290 Maximum Salary: $91,631 Closing Date: 05/18/2018 Position Description
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia seeks to fill a Judicial Law Clerk position in the Atlanta division. The appointment is for a two-year term beginning on or about August 6, 2018.
Judicial law clerks are responsible for legal research and the preparation of orders, memoranda, and draft opinions. A law clerk will work primarily on Title VII employment discrimination, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Truth in Lending Act, and Social Security disability cases as well as some criminal cases. This position consists of significant administrative duties for which good organizational skills are required and a working knowledge of WordPerfect® 12 is a plus.
Preference will be given to applicants who possess excellent research and writing skills as well as experience on the editorial board of a law review, moot court team, or mock trial team. The job responsibilities require significant interaction with judges, attorneys, law clerks, and other court staff.
The ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, is critical. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple tasks in a timely manner, are essential.
The table below shows the number of years of legal work experience required to qualify for appointment as a law clerk at the applicable Judicial Salary Plan (JSP) grade levels. Legal work experience means progressively responsible experience in the practice of law, legal research, or legal administration or equivalent experience received after graduation from law school.
JSP Grade Yrs. Of Legal Exp. Bar Membership
11 0 No
12 1 Yes
13 2 Yes
JSP Grade 11 salary: $64,290
JSP Grade 12 salary: $77,058
JSP Grade 13 salary: $91,631
Notice to Applicants:
Employees of the United States District Court are appointed in the excepted service, are considered "at-will" employees, and serve at the pleasure of the Court. All employees are required to adhere to a Code of Ethics and Conduct, copies of which are available upon request.
As a condition of employment, the selected candidate must successfully complete a background check with law enforcement agencies and a check of financial and credit records. All offers of employment are provisional until a full suitability determination has been made. The Federal Financial Reform Act requires direct deposit of federal wages for judiciary employees. Applicants must be United States citizens or eligible to work in the United States.
How To Apply
To apply for this position, qualified applicants should submit: 1) an application for Judicial Branch Federal Employment, Form AO 78, (available through this link: http://www.uscourts.gov/file/635/download); 2) a cover letter addressing qualifications and relevant experience; 3) a chronological résumé including education, employment, and salary history; 4) a law school transcript; and 5) a writing sample. Completed packages should be submitted electronically to HR_GAND@gand.uscourts.gov or via mail to:
United States District Court, Attn: Human Resources Manager, Vacancy #18-27, 75 Ted Turner Drive, SW, Room 2013, Atlanta, GA 30303-3338. Applications will be accepted through close of business on Friday, May 18, 2018.
All applicants will be screened to identify the best qualified and suitable candidates. Only the best qualified candidates will be invited for a personal interview. Interview and relocation expenses are not reimbursable. Applicants selected for an interview may be required to provide an additional writing sample at the time of the interview.
The United States District Court is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Municipal Magistrate Judge
Actively support and uphold the City's stated mission and values the Magistrate is responsible for presiding over misdemeanor, criminal, and traffic cases filed with the Tolleson Municipal Court, and presides over the Order of Protection. Direct, organize and supervise the administration of the judicial and internal administrative functions of the court.
Other duties include applying relevant Supreme Court Rules, state statutes, City ordinances, and case law when presiding over trials to the court, trial to a jury, pre-trial conferences, arraignments, motions, and hearings. The Magistrate imposes sentences commensurate to the offense and within the parameters allowed by law.
Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school and 7 years experience as a practicing lawyer, judge, or hearing officer in criminal or traffic cases along with 2 years of supervisory or lead experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above. Candidates must be a member of the State Bar of Arizona in a good standing.
Positions in this class typically require: climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.
Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for Light Work.
Closing Date: 05/25/2018, First review of applications 5/14/2018.
Salary: E-83 $108,694.32 - $184,780.35 D.O.E.
Additional Application Information
A complete background will be conducted on successful candidate.
It is important that your application shows all relevant work experience and education. Work experience must be noted on the application.
Applications may be rejected if not fully complete. Your resume may not be substituted as an application.
Applicants may request a reasonable accommodation, if needed, by contacting Human Resources at 623-936-7111.
Part-Time Magistrate Judge
Court: US District Court City, State:
Durango, CO Permanent Position: Permanent Minimum Salary: $56,607 Maximum Salary: $0 Closing Date: 05/18/2018 Position Description
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Public Notice Concerning the Appointment of New Part-Time Magistrate Judge
The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a part- time United States magistrate judge for the District of Colorado located in Durango, Colorado to fill the vacancy that will be created upon the retirement of Magistrate Judge David West no later than December 31, 2018. The term of office is four (4) years. The current annual salary of the position is $56,607.
The basic authority of a United States magistrate judge is specified in 28 U.S.C. '636. In criminal cases, the duties of the part-time Magistrate Judge in Durango are specified in the Western Slope protocol.
They include: (1) issuance of search warrants; (2) conducting preliminary proceedings; (3) presiding over the trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; and (4) upon reference, hearing and making recommendations on pretrial motions and, upon consent of the parties, conducting change of plea hearings and giving appropriate advisements in accordance with Fed.R.Crim.P.11 in felony cases. In civil cases, the duties of a part-time magistrate judge include: (1) conducting various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from a district judge, and (2) under certain specified conditions, trial and disposition of civil cases upon the consent of the parties.
To be qualified, an applicant must:
(1) Be, and for the prior five years have been, a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Territory of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or the Virgin Islands of the United States;
(2) Have been engaged in the active practice of law for a period of at least five years (with some substitutes authorized);
(3) Be competent to perform all the duties of the office. This includes, but is not limited to being of good moral character, being emotionally stable and mature. being committed to equal justice under the law, being in good health, being patient and courteous, and being capable of deliberation and decisiveness;
(4) Be less than seventy years old; and
(5) Not be related to a judge of the district court.
A merit selection panel composed of attorneys and other members of the community will review all applications and, in confidence, will recommend the three best qualified applicants to the District Court. The Court will make the appointment following an FBI full-field investigation and an IRS tax check of the applicant selected by the court for appointment.
The individual selected must comply with the financial disclosure requirements pursuant to the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, 5 U.S.C. app. 4 §§ 101-111, as implemented by the Judicial Conference. Full consideration will be given to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, age (40 and over), sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, or disability.
How To Apply
An application form may be obtained from the court's website at:
https://www.cod.usCourts.gov/HR/EmploymentOpportunities.aspx (under "District Court"
towards bottom of page). Applicants must submit their completed application, a cover letter,
and any supporting documentation in PDF format by email to:
All materials must be received by close of business (5:00 p.m. MDT) on May 18, 2018.
Applicants may contact Mrs. Louise Wilson, Human Resources Administrator, at
303-335-2490 for questions regarding the application process.
All applications and deliberations will be kept confidential. Applications will be
examined only by members of the merit selection panel and the members of the court.
The United States District Court is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Magistrate Support Officer - Criminal Court Administration
Summary Benefits Supplemental Questions
THIS POSTING MAY CLOSE AT ANY TIME ONCE A SUFFICIENT
NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED
Prepare documentation for magistration. Conduct criminal history screenings and generate risk assessments and financial assessments on arrested persons to assist the Magistrate in effectively setting a bond and determining eligibility for court-appointed counsel. Follow up for any orders or conditions imposed by the Magistrate.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Prepares pre-release investigation documents as directed by the magistrate judges for release hearings.
Notifies the Attorney Appointment Office of non-compliance issues regarding indigence affidavits.
Enters interview information into the automated case management system. Reviews the automated records for accuracy.
Maintains automated records for defendants requesting counsel that accurately reflect activities related to financial information and presentation to the Office of Attorney Appointments.
Researches, verifies, and enter defendants' criminal history into risk assessment tools.
Assists in creating court docket for daily arraignments.
Ensures release conditions are conveyed to and understood by defendant.
Coordinates and conducts defendant interviews at the County jail and other locations as required.
Investigates and verifies financial information for ability to pay bond and hire attorney.
Performs all other related duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience.
One (1) year of experience in criminal justice field.
Valid and current driver's license.
Must become TLETS certified within six (6) months of hiring.
Ability to assume responsibility without direct supervision.
Ability to handle confidential information.
Knowledge of court systems and procedures.
Must be able to adapt and adjust to requirements of multiple court procedures and work within those procedures.
Must be able to use office machines, computers, printers, and telephones as well as have good typing and communication skills.
Knowledge of Microsoft products and the Integrated Justice Information Online system.
Working knowledge of the application sections of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedures and Penal Code.
Accepts assignments to any shift or work area as determined by the department's policies or needs.
Works overtime as required.
If hired, you must provide proof of educational attainment at new hire processing
Tarrant County will conduct background checks on new hires that will include a criminal background check related to convictions and deferred adjudications in the past seven years and may include credit reports, motor vehicle records, employment records and educational attainment. A conviction or deferred adjudication is not an automatic bar to employment. Each case is considered individually.
Physical Demands and Work Environment & Other
While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is regularly required to bend, carry, climb stairs, hear, keyboard, lift below the waist, tolerate noise, perform repetitive tasks, see far and near, sit, stand, talk, use his/her hands, walk, work alone and with others, and work overtime. Working in jails may expose employee to fights or violence.
Assistant Clerk Magistrate
This position is designated as management position and is covered by the Trial Court Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual.
MISSION STATEMENT OF THE MASSACHUSETTS TRIAL COURT
The Trial Court is committed to:
- the fair and impartial administration of justice;
- protection of constitutional and statutory rights and liberties;
- equal access to justice for all in a safe and dignified environment;
- efficient, effective and accountable resolution of disputes;
- prompt and courteous service to the public by committed and dedicated professionals utilizing best practices in a manner that inspires public trust and confidence.
DEPARTMENTAL MISSION STATEMENT
As a gateway to justice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the District Court is dedicated to the administration of justice in a fair, impartial and timely manner in accordance with the rule of law. In fulfilling this role, the District Court shall provide the communities it serves with an environment that is safe, accessible and respectful to all. The District Court shall conduct its business with integrity, competence and a commitment to excellence in order to promote public trust and confidence in the judicial system.
This position involves responsible legal work and supervisory responsibilities.
The employees in this position assist the Clerk-Magistrate in performing magisterial and administrative duties as set forth in state statutes and court rules. Magisterial responsibilities include determining probable cause for the issuance of criminal complaints and search warrants, in court and out of court bail determinations, determinations of preliminary probation violation hearings, adjudicating small claims motions and trials and presiding over both civil and criminal motor vehicle hearings. Assistant clerk-magistrates also may decide certain non-dispositive motions in civil and criminal cases, enter defaults and default judgments and other civil process. Administrative responsibilities include the preparation and maintenance of all court papers and records and performance of administrative tasks to ensure that cases move rapidly and smoothly to a determination by the court. Work is performed under the direction of the Clerk-Magistrate or First Assistant Clerk-Magistrate. Supervision is exercised over support personnel within the Clerk-Magistrate's Office.
(Any one position may not include all of the duties and responsibilities listed below nor do the listed examples include all tasks which may be found in these positions.)
Receives applications for criminal complaints and reviews them for probable cause.
Reviews applications for search warrants filed by police and others and determines whether such warrants may issue.
Conducts hearings and determines whether criminal complaints and/or arrest warrants may issue, determines appeals from civil motor vehicle citations, municipal by-law violations and environmental citations.
Conducts trials of small claims and makes judgments of the same.
In the absence of a justice, arraigns defendants, determines questions of bail, and conducts preliminary probation violation hearings.
Calls the list of cases scheduled before a justice and makes the official record of the proceedings.
Reviews filings from attorneys and Pro Se litigants and informs them on court procedure.
Arranges for hearings and notifies counsel.
Certifies and transmits official copies of court records as required
Issues process as required by the court or prescribed by statutes and rules of court.
Receives, examines and reviews all filings and has responsibility to ensure they comply with rules of court, and to establish their suitability for filing.
Maintains electronic and written indexes of cases entered.
Supervises the receipt, recording and disbursements of fees and money by the court.
Distributes and implements changes in court rules and office procedure.
Administers hearings inside and outside of court where no judge is present.
Performs related work as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Thorough knowledge of state statutes, case law and court rules which prescribe the powers and duties of the Clerk-Magistrate and ability to interpret and apply them to the administrative procedures of the office.
Thorough knowledge of court procedure, legal documents, laws and legal factors pertaining to the court.
Thorough knowledge of the organization, functions, jurisdiction and authority of the court.
Knowledge of and ability to use computer software such as MS Office, including word processing, spreadsheets, data bases, and PowerPoint.
Ability to maintain complex and accurate court records.
Ability to plan and supervise the work of others.
Good communication skills and the ability to maintain effective working relationships with court officials, attorneys, subordinate employees, government agencies and the general public.
These are the minimum requirements necessary to apply for a position of Assistant Clerk.
For Internal Trial Court Employee Applicants:
A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university; and knowledge, skills and abilities acquired through 6 or more years of relevant work experience, including supervisory and/or courtroom experience, within a Trial Court Division (Clerk's Office, Probation Office, Judge's Lobby) or an equivalent office;
A law degree and admission to the practice of law in Massachusetts or a graduate degree from an accredited college or university in a relevant field (such as criminal justice, public administration or business administration); and knowledge, skills and abilities acquired through 2 or more years of relevant work experience, including supervisory and/or courtroom experience, within a Trial Court Division (Clerk's Office, Probation Office, Judge's Lobby) or an equivalent office;
Internal candidates who are employed by the Trial Court as of July 1, 2012 may substitute knowledge, skills and abilities acquired through 10 or more years of relevant work experience, including supervisory and/or courtroom experience, within a Trial Court Division (Clerk's Office, Probation Office, Judge's Lobby) or an equivalent office for the education requirement as described above.
For External Applicants:
A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in a relevant field (such as criminal justice, public administration or business administration); and knowledge, skills and abilities acquired through 6 or more years of relevant work experience;
A law degree and admission to the practice of law in Massachusetts or a graduate degree from an accredited college or university in a relevant field (such as criminal justice, public administration or business administration); and knowledge, skills and abilities acquired through 2 or more years of relevant work experience.
HOW TO APPLY:
Applicants must apply by completing a Trial Court online application by clicking "Apply for this job online" button at the top of this page.
If you are not viewing this online, go to the Judicial Jobs page at https://careers-trialcourtsofmass.icims.com/jobs and search for this job.
PLEASE NOTE: Paper, faxed or emailed applications or resumes are not accepted for any Trial Court position.
Employment is contingent upon passage of a criminal record check.
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