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ProfileAttorney Magistrate Duties: Establish and maintain voter registration in County. Under the direction of the court administrator or designee, exercises all jurisdiction, power and authority provided or allowed by law for a District Court Attorney Magistrate, including the jurisdiction, power and authority provided in Chapter 85 of the Michigan Judicature Act (MCL 600.8501 et seq.) and enters all orders and writs incidental to execution of the jurisdiction, power and authority granted, subject only to those limitations and restrictions imposed by the chief judge of the trial court by written order. Performs all related clerical, computer, recordkeeping and related functions. Advises and assists judges, attorney magistrates, probation officers, and clerical employees. Conducts hearings related to civil infractions, misdemeanors and small claims; swears in and examines witnesses. Accepts pleas of guilty and sentences defendants. Exercises a high degree of independent judgment throughout each step of the courtâ€™s legal process. Stays current on legislation and laws affecting the court and law enforcement. Conducts complex legal research and prepares memoranda for judges. Maintains a close relationship with all court divisions, judges, probation officers, local police agencies, social service agencies, schools, and others in the community. Provides afterhours, weekend and holiday search warrant/arraignment duty coverage assistance to police agencies, the court, Juvenile Center, and the Prosecuting Attorneyâ€™s office. The duties stated are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by a person so classified and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities.
Qualification and Experience
Requirements: Graduation from ABA accredited law school; admission to practice law in the State of Michigan and in good standing with the State Bar. 3+ years paid, fulltime trial court experience in the practice of law or 1 year prior experience as an Attorney Magistrate or Attorney Referee in the circuit, district or probate court and juvenile court. Knowledge of the criminal justice system, courtroom operations and procedures, including ability to conduct specific hearings; familiarity with agencies within Berrien County that service court clients. Considerable knowledge of criminal law, statutes, court rules, case law, local ordinances, and the state motor vehicle code. Ability to maintain records and reports, communicate clearly, conduct legal research, prepare succinct opinions for the judges.
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701 Main Street,
Saint Joseph, MI 49085