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July 15, 2012
Southern District needs a magistrate

The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a full-time United States magistrate judge for the Southern District of Florida in Ft. Lauderdale.

This appointment will succeed the incumbent who was appointed as U.S. district judge. The basic jurisdiction of the U.S. magistrate judge is specified in Title 28, United States Code, Section 636.

Applicants must have been a member in good standing, for at least five years, 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). Applicants also must 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; capable of deliberation and decisiveness; be younger than 70 years old; and not be related to a judge of the district court.

A merit selection panel composed of attorneys and other members of the community will review all applicants and recommend to the judges of the district court, in confidence, the names of at least five applicants for the position . The court will make the appointment, following an FBI full-field investigation and an IRS tax check of the appointee.

The current annual salary for the position is $160,080. The term of office is eight years.

Official application forms may be found on our U.S. District Court, Southern District, web page at under “Public Notice-Vacancy of U.S. Magistrate Judge. Completed applications must be submitted to: All applications will be kept confidential, unless the applicant consents to disclosure, and all applications will be examined only by members of the merit selection panel and the judges of the district court. The panel’s deliberations will remain confidential.

Completed applications must be received by 5 p.m., August 31.

[Revised: 01-20-2017]