Current Job Opportunity


June 30, 2014

Closing Date

July 10, 2014

Position Number


Position Title


Job Location

Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, West Palm Beach, Florida

Salary Range

$6,149.59 Monthly

Job Description

General Description

The essential function of the position within the organization is to conduct hearings and make recommendations on matters referred for hearing by judges. The position is responsible for setting referred cases for hearing, conducting hearings, making determinations on cases, and preparing findings and recommendations for the parties and referring judge’s consideration. The position works under the general supervision of a Chief Judge or designee.


Distinguishing Characteristics of Work

This position consists of professional legal work, calendaring, and conducting hearings and trials. The Magistrate receives and evaluates evidence and testimony from witnesses and technical experts, uses that information in making findings of fact, conclusions of law and recommendations for the Circuit Judges. The Magistrate will initially be assigned to preside over Department of Revenue child support hearings. The Chief Judge reassigns Magistrates at least every two years. Therefore, the best candidate will have experience in a variety of areas including post-judgment family matters, juvenile judicial reviews, guardianship contempt hearings, and hearings pursuant to the Marchman Act and Baker Act. Courthouse location is dependent upon division assignment and can include: Main Courthouse, Delray Courthouse, North County Courthouse, and Belle

Glade Courthouse.

The Magistrate reports directly to the Chief Judge or the Court Administrator. The Chief Judge assigns the Magistrate to hear cases in any division which includes: DOR, Family, Juvenile, probate, or any other division the Chief Judge may elect.

Education and Training Guidelines


·         Juris doctorate degree from an accredited law school.



·         Five years of experience in the practice of law, including one year in family law.


Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations Required

·         Requires membership in good standing in the Florida Bar.


Data Responsibility - Conducts research to discover new methodologies or to find solutions for unresolved problems.


People Responsibility - Mentors others by advising, counseling, or guiding them.


Assets Responsibility - Requires responsibility for achieving moderate economies or preventing major losses through interpreting policy as legal counsel.


Mathematical Requirements - Uses practical application of fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions, measurements, or logarithms; may use algebraic solutions of equations and equalities, deductive geometry, and/or descriptive statistics.


Communications Requirements - Reads and interprets highly complex professional materials involving abstract theories and concepts; writes for professional publications; develops and presents papers at professional conferences.


Complexity of Work - Performs work involving the application of principles of logical thinking, scientific, medical, or legal practice to diagnose or define problems, collect data and solve abstract problems with widespread unit or organization impact; requires sustained, intense concentration for accurate results and continuous exposure to unusual pressure.


Impact of Decisions - Makes decisions with moderately serious impact - affects work unit and may affect other units and the general public.


Equipment Usage - Leads or handles machines, tools, equipment or work aids involving moderate latitude for judgment regarding attainment of a standard or in selecting appropriate items, such as computers, peripherals, or software programs, such as word processing or spreadsheets.


Safety of Others - Requires considerable responsibility for the safety and health of others and/or continuous enforcement of the laws and standards of public health and safety.

Special Comments

The Fifteenth Judicial Circuit invites qualified individuals to apply for the position of

Magistrate, which is anticipated to be available effective July 21, 2014.
This is a full-time position with a starting salary of $73,795.08. In addition to the base salary, this position offers:
  • Significant cost sharing on State of Florida medical benefits (employee pays $50/month for single coverage or $180/month for family coverage)
  • Eligibility for a wide range of State benefits, including but not limited to: life insurance, dental care, disability coverage
  • Retirement plan options including Florida Retirement System and Deferred Compensation Plans
  • Vacation and Sick Leave accruals
  • Court Holidays

How to Apply

Interested parties should forward eight (8) completed application packages to:


Germaine English

Chief of Personnel Services

Fifteenth Judicial Circuit

Court Administration

205 North Dixie Highway, 5th Floor –

West Palm Beach, FL 33401


Each completed package shall include eight (8) copies of each put together as a package of the following:

• Cover letter

• Resume

• Supplemental form for Magistrate position - /core/fileparse.php/391/urlt/MagistrateOSupplementalOapplicationOJulyO2014.pdf

• Brief writing sample, between three and five pages in length

• State of Florida application form, available at the following link:


Please note that completed application material cannot be submitted electronically. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 10th, 2014. Submission of an application does not guarantee the applicant an interview. Interviews are tentatively scheduled to take place on Friday, July 18th in the afternoon. Selected interviewees will be contacted on or before July 15, 2014. Continued employment for the selected candidate will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.


If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in the interviewing process once selected, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Germaine English, Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator, Palm Beach County Courthouse, 205 North Dixie Highway West Palm Beach, Florida 33401; telephone number (561) 355-4380 at least 7 days before your scheduled either in-person or telephonic interview; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.


The successful applicant will be subject to a criminal background check.


We are an equal opportunity employer.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, genetic information or disability.


We hire only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers.