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Opportunity Title: Magistrate Judge
Location: Denver
Department: United State District Court for the District of Colorado
Posted Date: 12/28/2017
Closing Date: 01/31/2018
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Brief Description

***This is a courtesy posting for the United State District Court for the District of Colorado.***

Public Notice Concerning the Appointment of New Magistrate Judge
The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a fulltime United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Colorado located in Denver, Colorado. The term of office is eight (8) years. The current annual salary of the position is $188,692.

The authority of a United States Magistrate Judge is specified in 28 U.S.C. ' 636. In criminal cases, a Magistrate Judge: (1) considers petitions for issuance of search warrants; (2) conducts preliminary proceedings; and (3) presides over the trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases. Civil cases are directly drawn to both Magistrate Judges and District Judges on a random draw. For cases drawn to District Judges and for cases drawn to Magistrate Judges where the parties do not consent to the Magistrate Judge handling all matters, both a District and Magistrate Judge are assigned to the case. In these cases, a Magistrate Judge conducts pretrial matters, evidentiary proceedings and post-trial matters on referral from the District Judge. In civil cases where the parties consent to the Magistrate Judge handling all matters, the Magistrate Judge presides over all pretrial, trial and post-trial matters.

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 five 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.

An application form may be obtained from the court’s website at:  (under “District Court” 2 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 February 1, 2018.

Applicants may contact Mrs. Louise Wilson, Director, Human Resources Division, 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.

Detailed Job Information
NOTICE! Each person employed must present identity and employment eligibility verification.
NOTICE! Employees hired after March 1, 1988, must be on the payroll direct deposit program.
NOTICE! Disabled applicants: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date. If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the hiring authority.
NOTICE! All prospective employees of the Colorado Judicial Branch are subject to background investigation prior to hiring.

INFORMATION ALERT: Judicial Department employees may not hold office in a political party, nor may they promote one political party or candidate over another in partisan political elections. Employees may hold not-partisan public office provided that there is no conflict of interest or appearance of impropriety with the duties performed for the Judicial Department. In all cases, it will be within the discretion of the Chief Judge of the judicial district to determine whether such a conflict exists. Employees shall seek the prior approval of the Chief Judge before seeking or assuming any such office. Work related to any office held may not be performed on Judicial Department time. Membership on a board or commission that requires registration or party identification as a qualification is not considered to be partisan political office.
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