United States Magistrate Judge

Washington, D.C
Oct 27, 2021
Nov 01, 2021
Full Time


Notice is hereby given of an anticipated vacancy for a new full-time United States Magistrate Judge position for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Subject to final authorization by the Judicial Conference of the United States, expected on or before September 28, 2021, applications for the new position will be accepted from September 29, 2021 through October 29, 2021.
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The duties of the position are demanding and include:
  • in criminal matters, presiding over most preliminary proceedings, trials and disposition of misdemeanor cases, and various pretrial and evidentiary proceedings, upon referral or delegation from a District Judge; and reviewing and determining government applications for surveillance and warrants; and
  • in civil matters, presiding over trials and other dispositions, upon consent of the litigants; overseeing pretrial discovery; and conducting mediations.

  • Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential


    Conditions of Employment

    United States citizenship is required for consideration for this position.

    Employees are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct for United States Judges .

    Employees are required to use the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) for payroll deposit.

    Final candidates will undergo a background investigation.

    Selection will be made consistent with the provisions of the Equal Employment Opportunity Plan adopted by the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Columbia.


    The basic authority of a United States Magistrate Judge is specified in 28 U.S.C. § 636, and further specified under the Local Rules of this Court, see LCvRs 72.1-73.1; LCrRs 32.1, 57.17, 58 and 59.1-59.3.

    To be qualified for appointment, an applicant must:
  • 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 United States Virgin Islands;
  • have been engaged in the active practice of law for at least five years. The court may consider, as substitute experience for the active practice of law, experience as a state judicial officer; a federal magistrate judge, bankruptcy judge or other federal judicial officer; an attorney for a federal or state agency; a law clerk, staff attorney or pro se law clerk (maximum two years); and other substantial legal experience;
  • be competent to perform all the duties of the office, of good moral character, emotionally stable and mature, committed to equal justice under the law, in good health, patient, courteous, and capable of deliberation and decisiveness;
  • not be 70 years of age or older, for an initial appointment; and
  • not be related to a Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia within the degree of first cousin.

  • Education

    Please read the "Qualifications" section.

    Additional information

    • Optional participation in the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), Federal Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP), the Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (FEGLI), the Flexible Benefits Program, the Commuter Benefit Program, SmartBenefits (mass transit subsidy up to $270 per month), and Long-Term Care Insurance.
    • Workers' Compensation Program.
    • On-site physical fitness facility.
    • Federal Occupational Health Services Program (FOH)/ On-site Health Unit.
    • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)/Work Life Services.
    • Priority enrollment for children beginning at three months of age until kindergarten of all employees of the United States Courts in the Thurgood Marshall Child Development Center (TMCDC).

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    See the Qualifications and Conditions of Employment sections.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    Please read the "How To Apply" section.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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