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Date

May 25, 2017

Closing Date

June 21, 2017

Position Number

10401

Position Title

Magistrate

Job Location

Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court, Miami, Florida

Salary Range

$82,650.48 Annually *The successful candidate will be hired at the minimum salary.

Job Description

The essential function of the position within the organization is to conduct hearings and make recommendations on matters referred for hearing by judges. The position is responsible for setting referred cases for hearing, conducting hearings, making determinations on cases, and preparing findings and recommendations for the parties and referring judge’s consideration. The position works under the general supervision of a Chief Judge or designee.

*This is highly responsible professional quasi-judicial work, making findings of fact, arriving at conclusions of law, conducting hearings in a circuit court and making rulings on Family matters. Work typically involves conducting hearings to inquire into such matters as may be referred by a Circuit Court Judge. A report or recommended order is prepared for entry by the referring judge. The  General Magistrate’s powers and duties are performed within the framework of applicable state and local laws and court rules.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  Presides over referred court hearings; reviews court calendars and case files prior to scheduled hearings; grants continuances; reads or listens to allegations and determines if action cited is supported by facts; hears and evaluates evidence of witnesses and technical experts; listens to presentation of cases; rules on admissibility of evidence and methods of conducting testimony.

  • Schedules cases and conducts hearings and rules on pre-trial matters; conducts final and post-judgment hearings.
  • Conducts legal research including reviewing, analyzing, studying, searching, and annotating laws, court decisions, documents, opinions, briefs and related legal authorities to prepare for court proceedings and litigated matters; keeps abreast of Florida law.
  • Reviews orders of referral. Prepares court orders, reports, and recommendations based on evidence and findings and transmits to judge.
  • Attends staff meetings and conferences with judges and attorneys on disposing of legal matters and other problems that arise in the processing of cases; gives opinions and recommendations.
  • Supervises office clerical staff that performs calendar preparation, filing, phone work, mail, and preparation of court orders.
  • Attends and participates in lectures and workshops. Reads professional journals and updates of case law to stay current on regulations and statutes governing family law.
  • Performs related work as required.

Education and Training Guidelines

Additional relevant experience may substitute for the recommended educational level on a year-for-year basis and additional relevant education may substitute for the recommended experience on a year-for-year basis.  

Juris doctorate degree from an accredited law school and five years of experience in the practice of law, including one year in family law.

Requires membership in good standing in the Florida Bar.

Competencies

Data Responsibility:
Conducts research to discover new methodologies or to find solutions for unresolved problems.

People Responsibility:
Mentors others by advising, counseling, or guiding them.

Assets Responsibility:
Requires responsibility for achieving moderate economies or preventing major losses through interpreting policy as legal counsel.

Mathematical Requirements:
Uses practical application of fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions, measurements, or logarithms; may use algebraic solutions of equations and equalities, deductive geometry, and/or descriptive statistics.

Communications Requirements:
Reads and interprets highly complex professional materials involving abstract theories and concepts; writes for professional publications; develops and presents papers at professional conferences.

Complexity of Work:
Performs work involving the application of principles of logical thinking, scientific, medical, or legal practice to diagnose or define problems, collect data and solve abstract problems with widespread unit or organization impact; requires sustained, intense concentration for accurate results and continuous exposure to unusual pressure.

Impact of Decisions:
Makes decisions with moderately serious impact - affects work unit and may affect other units and the general public.

Equipment Usage:
Leads or handles machines, tools, equipment or work aids involving moderate latitude for judgment regarding attainment of a standard or in selecting appropriate items, such as computers, peripherals, or software programs, such as word processing or spreadsheets.

Safety of Others:
Requires considerable responsibility for the safety and health of others and/or continuous enforcement of the laws and standards of public health and safety.

Special Comments

General Magistrate must be a resident of Miami-Dade County upon appointment.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

Thorough knowledge of state laws and court rulings as they pertain to Family law.

Thorough knowledge of general and specific law, state laws, established precedents, and sources of legal reference.

Thorough knowledge of court procedures, rules of evidence, and trial and courtroom procedures. Knowledge of the responsibilities and authority of Hearing Officers.

Ability to apply legal principles and specialized knowledge to individual cases and problems.

Ability to conduct legal research.

Ability to prepare for hearings, hear cases, and present material clearly and logically in oral and written form.

Ability to work with litigants who are in stressful situations.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

Ability to communicate clearly.

Ability to supervise office personnel.

Ability to counsel persons on sensitive issues.

How to Apply

An application must be submitted for the position listing the appropriate class title and position number for which you are applying. Your application must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m. on June 21, 2017.

For additional information, please email jobs@jud11.flcourts.org, visit  www.jud11.flcourts.org or contact:

Administrative Office of the Courts
Maria E. Mihaic
175 NW 1st Avenue, Suite 2702
Miami, Florida 33128
Telephone: 305-349-7351

An application must be submitted for the position listing the appropriate class title and position number for which you are applying.   NOTE: Only online applications will be accepted.

The successful applicant will be subject to a criminal background check.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, genetic information or disability.

If you need an accommodation to participate in the application/selection process, please call the contact person at the number indicated for each respective position. Persons using a TDD may call the contact person through the Florida Relay