Springfield Magistrate Vacancy

Public Notice for Appointment of New Magistrate Judge

The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appoint¬ment of a full-time United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Missouri at Springfield to fill the vacancy created by the planned retirement of Judge James C. England.

The duties of the position are demanding and wide-ranging such as: (1) conduct of most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; (2) trial and disposi¬tion of misdemeanor cases; (3) conduct of various pretrial matters and evidentia¬ry 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. § 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 applicants 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, with such appointment effective after November 30, 2012. The Court is an equal opportunity employer, and an affirmative effort will be made to give due consideration to all qualified candidates, including women and members of minority groups. The current annual salary of the position is $160,080. The term of office is eight years.

Application forms and more information on the magistrate judge position may be obtained from the Clerk of the District Court. Application packets should include the completed application, a cover letter and resume and no more than three letters of recommendation. Application packets must be submitted to the mailing or email address below and only by applicants personally. They must be received by March 30, 2012:

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

To ensure impartiality, please do not have your references contact the Court or members of the merit selection panel directly. 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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