Public Notice for Appointment of New Magistrate Judge
(Wesstern District of Missouri, Central Division)

The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a full-time United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Missouri at Jefferson City.

The duties of the position include but are not limited to: (1) conduct of most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; (2) trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; (3) conduct of various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from a District Judge; and (4) trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants. The basic authority of a United States Magistrate Judge is specified in 28 U.S.C. ยง 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 committed to equal justice under the law; 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 applicants and make recommendations to the District Judges. The Court will make the appointment following an FBI full-field investigation and an IRS tax check of the applicant selected by the Court. Due consideration will be given to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, age (40 and over), gender, religion, national origin, or disability. The current annual salary of a full-time magistrate is $160,080. The term of office is eight years. If selected, the applicant must reside in or relocate to the Central Division of the District (view divisional boundaries). The Magistrate Judge may also be called on to support the Southern Division in Springfield, if and as needed.

Interested persons may obtain an electronic application form in PDF or WordPerfect format or by contacting the Clerk's office at 816-512-5010. Applications must be submitted by applicants only and not on behalf of another individual. Application materials (including a resume and cover letter, if desired) should be submitted to the address below and must be postmarked no later than July 3, 2009:

Ann Thompson, Clerk of the Court
Charles E. Whittaker Courthouse
400 East 9th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64106

In the alternative, application materials may be submitted by July 3, 2009 via e-mail to 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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