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U.S. magistrate judge needed in the Ft. Myers Division


Middle District of FloridaThe U.S. Middle District of Florida will appoint a full-time magistrate judge for the Ft. Myers Division.

The annual salary is $202,112. The term of office is eight years. The magistrate judge’s residence and duty station will be in the Ft. Myers Division.

The Middle District uses a magistrate judge to the maximum extent permissible under 28 U.S.C. § 636(link is external). The minimum qualifications for appointment as a magistrate judge are established in 28 U.S.C. § 631(link is external)(b) and in Chapter 1 of the Regulations of the Judicial Conference establishing standards and procedures for the appointment of United States magistrate judges. An article further describing the duties and qualifications of the position can be found on the court’s website at

A merit selection panel, consisting of lawyers and other members of the community, will review each application. After an interview of selected applicants, the panel will recommend to the district judges the five applicants whom the panel considers best qualified. The district court will interview the five finalists but will appoint the new magistrate judge only after a satisfactory FBI full-field investigation and IRS tax check. The appointee must comply with the financial disclosure requirements of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, 5 U.S.C. app. 4 §§ 101-111(link is external). Due consideration will be given to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, age, gender, religion, national origin, or disability.

Each applicant must submit by mail or by hand-delivery an original, completed application, available on the court’s website, including a recent and in-depth writing sample. Also, each applicant must e-mail an electronic version of the application to [email protected](link sends e-mail). Any letters of recommendation (which are not required and should be limited to no more than three) must be attached to the application. The Clerk must receive each original application, regardless of the mode of delivery, at the following address by 5 p.m., November 19.

Elizabeth Warren, Clerk of the Court
United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
Attn: Magistrate Judge Applications
401 W. Central Blvd., Suite 2100
Orlando, Florida 32801-0210

Unless the applicant consents to additional disclosure, only the members of the selection panel, the district judges, and necessary court staff will view the applications. The selection panel’s and the district judges’ deliberation will remain confidential.

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