Current Job Opportunity


February 26, 2018

Closing Date

March 26, 2018

Position Number


Position Title


Job Location

Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court, Tampa, Florida

Salary Range

$6,887.54 (Monthly*)
*The successful candidate will be hired at or near 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.

*Magistrates are quasi-judicial officers who conduct hearings on post-judgement family matters, administer oaths, take testimony and evaluate evidence.  Magistrates prepare written reports that include findings of fact, conclusions of law, and case recommendations for judicial consideration.

Magistrates tserve at the pleasure of the chief judge and the judges of the circuit court in accordance with Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure 12.490 and 12.491, and perform their duties under the supervision of the associate administrative judge of the family law division.  Quasi-judicial officers perform their duties and work assignments with a substantial degree of discretion and independent judgment within the framework of state and federal laws; family law rules; and case law.  The position requires a comprehensive knowledge of family law.  


Education and Training Guidelines

Juris Doctorate and member of the Florida Bar in good standing for five years, including one year of substantive family law experience.


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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing in a clear, concise, and conclusive manner.  Ability to supervise and direct the work of administrative support staff.  Knowledge of statutes, rules, and case law as it pertains to family law.  Knowledge of the Florida State Court System.  Ability to grasp, comprehend, and analyze complex legal issues and complicated factual details, arriving at well-reasoned and logical conclusions.  Ability to prioritize and make efficient use of time.  Ability to exercise discretion, and judgment in dealing with the general public.  Ability to maintain an impartial and professional demeanor at all times. Ability to exercise objectivity, discretion, and confidentiality in all court matters.  Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.  Knowledge of community resources available to provide assistance in the areas of family counseling, mental health services, and related knowledge of mental health diagnosis and treatment.  Maintain professionalism at all times.

How to Apply

Submit a cover letter and a résumé and current Magistrate Application (located only at in (1) PDF file via email to APPLICATION PACKETS MUST INCLUDE THE 3 REQUIREMENTS ABOVE TO BE SCREENED FOR POTENTIAL INTERVIEW.

Application packets should be submitted to:
Attn:  Tonya S. Muhammad
Thirteenth Judicial Circuit
800 East Twiggs Street, Suite 605
Tampa, Florida 33602

Please note that future vacancies in this same classification may be filled as a result of this recruitment.  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.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

If an accommodation is needed to participate in the application process, please call (813) 272-6330 or use the Florida Relay Service (TTY): 1-800-955-8771, in advance.