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Public Notice for Appointment of New Magistrate Judge

Tuesday, December 1, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Susan Ferrer
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U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, South Bend Division


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 United States magistrate judge for the Northern District of Indiana at the South Bend 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 United States 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 seventy 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. The individual selected must comply with the financial disclosure requirements pursuant to the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, Pub. L. No. 95-521, 90 Stat. 1824 (1978) (codified at 5 U.S.C. app. 4 §§ 101-111) as implemented by the Judicial Conference of the United States. 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 $185,012. The term of office is eight years.


An application form may be obtained from or from the clerk of the district court. 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 e-mailed to and must be submitted only by applicants personally. Application packets must be received by close of business Jan. 31, 2016.


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.

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