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ProfileMagistrate Judge Duties: Conduct most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases including initial appearances, detention and preliminary hearings, and change of plea hearings. Issue search and seizure warrants. Conduct trials and sentencing hearings in misdemeanor cases. Preside over civil matters upon referral from a United States District Judge, including prisoner civil rights cases, federal habeas corpus petitions, a high volume of Social Security appeals, and other civil matters such as discovery disputes. Conduct settlement conferences. Preside over civil cases upon consent of the parties, including jury trial and entry of final judgment.
Qualification and Experience
1. Be, and have been for 5+ 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.
Applications must be submitted only by applicants personally and must be received by June 30, 2018.
William M. McCool
District Court Executive
United States District Court Western District of Washington
700 Stewart Street
Seattle, WA 98101