U.S. Magistrate Judge Vacancy

The duties of the position are demanding and wide-ranging: (1) conduct of most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; (2) trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; (3) conduct of various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from a district judge; and (4) trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants. The basic authority of a United States magistrate judge is specified in 28 U.S.C. § 636.

Electronic filing and electronic service will be mandatory on December 1, 2018!

The Judicial Conference of the United States approved amendments to Appellate Rule 25, Bankruptcy Rule 5005, Civil Rule 5, and Criminal Rule 49 mandating electronic filing and service in civil, criminal, and bankruptcy cases.  Those amendments were transmitted to Congress on April 26, 2018 and will become effective December 1, 2018.  A complete set of the amendments is available here:

Request for Comment on Proposed Amendments to Federal Rules

In 2018, the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure approved publication of proposed amendments to the following rules:

  • Appellate Rules 35, 40;
  • Bankruptcy Rules 2002, 2004, 8012;
  • Civil Rule 30; and
  • Evidence Rule 404.

The comment period opened August 15, 2018 and closes February 15, 2019. Read the text of the proposed amendments and supporting materials: