Thursday, June 16, 2011


The United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina is recruiting to appoint
a full-time United States magistrate judge to a vacancy in Winston-Salem, NC.

The duties of this position are demanding and wide-ranging, including to:
  • conduct most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases such as
    initial presentments, arraignments, detention and bail hearings, and
    receive reports of the grand juries
  • try misdemeanor cases
  • conduct pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings referred by the district judges
  • try civil cases upon consent of the the litigants.
The basic jurisdiction of the United States magistrate judge is specified in 28 U.S.C. � 636.

To qualify for an appointment an applicant must:
  1. 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 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 when
    required to act on own reason and judgment;
  3. Be less than seventy years old; and,
  4. Not be related within the degree of first cousin to a judge of the district court.
A Merit Selection Panel composed of attorneys and other members of the community will
evaluate all applicants and recommend, in confidence, to the district judges the five persons it
considers best qualified. The court will make the appointment, following an FBI full-field
investigation and an IRS tax check of the appointee. The Merit Selection Panel will give due
consideration to all qualified candidates, including women and members of minority groups. The
current annual salary of the position is $160,080. The term of office is eight years.

An application form and more information on the magistrate judge position may be obtained from, or the offices of the Clerk of Court, John S. Brubaker, listed below
Clerk�s Office
324 W. Market Street, Rm 401
Greensboro, NC 27402

Applications must be submitted in writing only by potential nominees personally and must be
received stamped in the Clerk's Office by close of business Friday, July 8, 2011.

Application materials should be placed in an envelope marked �Confidential� and to the
Attention of Human Resource Division.
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
The United States District Court is an Equal Opportunity Employer