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Public notice for appointment of new magistrate judge

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Due to the anticipated retirement of the incumbent magistrate judge, the Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a full-time U.S. magistrate judge for the Northern District of Indiana at the Fort Wayne division.

The duties of the position are demanding and wide-ranging: conduct of most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; conduct of various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from a district judge; and trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants. The basic jurisdiction of a U.S. magistrate judge is specified in 28 U.S.C. §636.

To be qualified for appointment, an applicant must:

1. Be, and have 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, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Territory of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or the Virgin Islands of the United States, and have been engaged in the active practice of law for a period of at least five years (with some substitutes authorized);

2. Be competent to perform all the duties of the office; be of good moral character; be emotionally stable and mature; be committed to equal justice under the law; be in good health; be patient and courteous; and be capable of deliberation and decisiveness;

3. Be less than 70 years old; and

4. 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 recommend to the district judges in confidence the five persons it considers best qualified. 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. An affirmative effort will be made to give due consideration to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, age (40 and over), gender, religion, national origin or disability. The current annual salary of the position is $183,172. The term of office is eight years.

An application form may be obtained from www.innd.uscourts.gov or from one of the Clerk of Court offices listed below:

Clerk’s Office, Suite 2300, 5400 Federal Plaza, Hammond, IN 46320

Clerk’s Office, Room 102, Robert A. Grant Courthouse, 204 S. Main St., South Bend, IN 46601

Clerk’s Office, 1108 E. Ross Adair Courthouse, 1300 S. Harrison St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Clerk’s Office, 214 Charles Halleck Federal Bldg., 230 N. Fourth St., Lafayette, IN 47901

Persons interested in applying must submit their application packet electronically in PDF format and include a cover letter indicating interest in the position, completed application form and any supporting documentation. Submissions can be emailed to humanresources@innd.uscourts.gov and must be received by close of business May 16.

All applications will be kept confidential, unless the applicant consents to disclosure, and all applications will be examined only by members of the merit selection panel and the judges of the district court. The panel’s deliberations will remain confidential.

The U.S. District Court is an equal opportunity employer.

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