Court Seeks Applicants to Fill Magistrate Judge Vacancy

September 3, 2014

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia has announced a magistrate judge vacancy in its office of the United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Columbia. The deadline to submit application materials is October 3.

The duties of a magistrate judge include conducting preliminary proceedings in criminal cases, including presentments, probable cause hearings, and bail hearings; processing applications for search warrants, pen registers, and electronic data seizures; conducting hearings on violations of supervised release or probation conditions and preparing related reports and recommendations; conducting alternative dispute resolutions, including mediation and settlement negotiations; serving as special masters; trying and disposing of misdemeanor cases; resolving various pretrial matters such as discovery disputes and holding evidentiary proceedings in civil cases on delegation from a district judge; and trying civil cases to judgment upon consent of the litigants.

To be qualified for an appointment, an applicant must be, and has been for at least five years, a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, or the Virgin Islands, and has been engaged in the practice of law for at least five years (with some substitutes authorized). The court is also seeking applicants who are of good moral character, emotionally stable and mature, committed to equal justice under the law, in sufficiently good health, capable of deliberation and decisiveness, younger than 70, and not related to a judge of the District Court.

The salary for the position is $183,172 and the term of office is eight years and can be renewed for successive eight-year terms.

A Merit Selection Panel of attorneys and other members of the community will review applications and recommend in confidence to the District Court judges the five people it considers the best qualified. The court will make the appointment following a Federal Bureau of Investigation full-field investigation and Internal Revenue Service tax check of the appointee.

Learn more or view an online application. All applications will be kept confidential, unless the applicant consents to disclosure, and all applicants will be examined only by members of the Merit Selection Panel and the judges of the District Court.