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Date: November 19, 2012

Closing Date: December 3, 2012

Position Number: 10632

Position Title: Magistrate

Location: Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court, West Palm Beach, Florida

Salary Range: $6,149.59 - $11,684.22 (Monthly*)

*The successful candidate will be hired at the minimum salary.

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.

Education and Training Guidelines:

Additional relevant experience may substitute for the recommended educational level on a year-for-year basis and additional relevant education may substitute for the recommended experience on a year-for-year basis.

Juris doctorate degree from an accredited law school and five years of experience in the practice of law, including one year in family law.

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:

Member of good standing with the Florida Bar for at least five years; must complete the supplemental form (announcement and supplemental form). Electronic submissions will not be accepted; must be willing and able to work in all five courthouses; work includes presiding over Department of Revenue cases, post judgment family cases, juvenile, probate, and mental health.

How To Apply:

Submit a current and complete State of Florida application, cover letter, resume, brief writing sample, between three and five pages in length, supplelmental form (see link above) and verification of required education (i.e., copy of college degree or college transcript) to:

Germaine English, Chief of Personnel Services
205 N. Dixie Highway, 5th FL
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone:  561-355-2154
Fax:  561-355-6711

An application must be submitted for the position listing the appropriate class title and position number for which you are applying. Your application must be received by 5:00pm on the closing date.

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 or disability.

If you need an accomodation to participate in the application/selection process, please call the contact person at the number indicated for each respective position. Persons using a TDD may call the contact person through the Florida Relay Service 1-800-955-8771.