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Magistrate Judge

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  • Full Time
  • $199,654/year
  • Washington, DC
May 24, 2024 Attorney

Job Description

Two vacancies in the Office of the Magistrate Judges in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia are anticipated. The new Magistrate Judges will be appointed to serve four-year terms in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

Salary
  • $199,654/year
Conditions of Employment

An Advisory Merit Selection Panel (“Panel”) composed of lawyers and other members of the community has been established by the Court to assist the Board of Judges in identifying and recommending persons who are best qualified to fill the position of Magistrate Judge. The Committee on the Selection and Tenure of Magistrate Judges (“Committee”), comprised of Associate Judges of the Superior Court, will also recommend persons who are best qualified to serve as a Magistrate Judge.  The Chief Judge shall consider all persons recommended by the Panel and the Committee and may consider other qualified applicants.  After the closing date for submitting applications and completion of background investigations, the Chief Judge shall nominate and, with the approval of a majority of the sitting judges of the Court, appoint a new Magistrate Judge.

Qualifications

To be qualified for appointment, an applicant must:

  • be a citizen of the United States;
  • be an active member in good standing of the unified District of Columbia Bar;
  • for five (5) years immediately preceding appointment, have been engaged in the active practice of law in the District of Columbia, or on the faculty of a law school in the District of Columbia, or employed as a lawyer by the District of Columbia or United States Government, or any combination of the foregoing, and for applicants to the Family Court, at least three (3) years of training or experience in the practice of family law as a lawyer or judicial officer;
  • be a bona fide resident of the District of Columbia and have maintained an actual place of abode in the District for at least ninety (90) days immediately prior to appointment and retain such residency during service as Magistrate Judge.  C. Code § 11-1732 (c)(3).

OR, IN THE ALTERNATIVE, FOR FAMILY COURT APPLICANTS:

be a bona fide resident of the areas consisting of Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland, Arlington and Fairfax Counties, and the City of Alexandria in Virginia, have maintained an actual place of abode in such area, or the District of Columbia for at least five (5) years prior to appointment, and certify that the individual will become a bona fide resident of the District of Columbia not later than ninety (90) days after appointment.  D.C. Code § 11-1732A (b)(5)(A)(B);

  • be competent to perform the duties of the office and be of good moral character; and
  • make formal application to the court for the position.
Duties

The successful applicants for these positions will be assigned to the Family Court or to other Divisions of the Superior Court based on the needs of the court at the time the positions are filled. If an applicant is assigned to the Family Court, the duties of the position will include the following:  conduct hearings, make findings and enter interim and final orders or judgments in uncontested or contested proceedings within the jurisdiction of the Family Court and the Domestic Violence Unit of the Superior Court, excluding jury trials and trials of felony cases.  If an applicant is assigned to other Divisions of the Superior Court, the duties of the position will include the following:  conducting preliminary proceedings in criminal cases (e.g., bond hearings, initial probation revocation hearings, and preliminary hearings) and presiding over certain civil non-jury trials. The current salary for this position is $199,654 per annum. 

Other Information

Application forms for the position may be obtained on DC Courts internet page, along with forms at https://www.dccourts.gov/superior-court/committee-magistrate-judges.

The application must be accompanied by the applicant’s resume, a signed and notarized “Authorization to Release Information, tax form 14767 and a photograph, 2 x 2 inches in size, showing a full front view of the face.  The entire application package (the application form, the tax form 14767, the Resume, the Authorization to Release Information, and photograph) must be submitted electronically on or before the close of business on June 24, 2024, to Judge Michael O’Keefe, Chair, Committee on the Selection and Tenure of Magistrate Judges @ MagistrateJudgeCommittee@dcsc.gov.  Each of the above forms should be scanned as separate documents.

If an applicant has submitted an application within the past 12 months, there is no need to reapply.  Please contact MagistrateJudgeCommittee@dcsc.gov and indicate in writing that you wish to be considered for this position.

The Committee does not require letters of recommendation, letters of support, or endorsements, but will accept them.  Such letters must be received by the Committee via email to MagistrateJudgeCommittee@dcsc.gov by July 5, 2024.

It is the policy and practice of the District of Columbia Courts to hire and promote employees based upon qualifications and merit only, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disabilities, national origin, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, source of income, or place of residence or business.

Required Documents

Complete the application. 

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

How to Apply

The entire application package (the application form, the tax form 14767, the Resume, the Authorization to Release Information, and photograph) must be submitted electronically on or before the close of business on June 24, 2024, to Judge Michael O’Keefe, Chair, Committee on the Selection and Tenure of Magistrate Judges @ MagistrateJudgeCommittee@dcsc.gov.  Each of the above forms should be scanned as separate documents.

Benefits

A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

This is not a federal position.

The District of Columbia Courts is an independent agency of the District of Columbia Government and is not under the authority of the City Mayor or the D. C. Council. DC Courts' appropriation comes directly from Congress. All DC Courts non-judicial employees receive federal benefits for the following programs:  Life Insurance, Retirement Benefits, Health Insurance and Workers Compensation.

Please click on the following for more information about these benefits:

http://www.opm.gov/Insure/health/enrollment/new_employees.asp

The DC Courts leave policy is as follows:

Annual Leave:  New full-time employees earn four (4) hours of annual leave biweekly. After three years of service this increases to six (6)hours biweekly, and at 15 years it increases to eight(8)hours biweekly. Most military, federal and District of Columbia government service counts toward the time required to go into the next higher annual leave category. Employees can carry over no more than 240 hours of annual leave into the next leave year.

Sick Leave is used for personal medical needs, care of a family member, or adoption related purposes. Full-time employees earn four(4)hours of sick leave biweekly. This leave can be accrued without limit.

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.



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