United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania
US District Court for the WD of PA
September 26, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a full-time United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania at Pittsburgh. The essential function of courts is to dispense justice. An important component of this function is the creation and maintenance of diversity in the court system. A community’s belief that a court dispenses justice is heightened when the court reflects the community’s racial, ethnic, and gender diversity.
The duties of the position are demanding and wide-ranging and will include, but are not limited to: (1) trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants; (2) trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; (3) conduct of various pretrial matters including motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment and discovery motions, and evidentiary proceedings on reference from the judges of the District Court; (4) conduct of most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases. The basic authority of a United States Magistrate Judge is specified in 28 U.S.C. § 636.
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);
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;
Be less than seventy years old; and,
Not be related to a judge of the district court.
About US District Court for the WD of PA
The United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, serves over 3.8 million people in 25 Pennsylvania counties. The Western District of Pennsylvania has three divisions, with its main office in Pittsburgh, and courthouses in Erie and Johnstown. The District Court is currently comprised of ten authorized district judges, three senior judges, six magistrate judges, sixty-six judicial/court staff and fifty-five clerk’s office staff.
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