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Job Opportunity - Magistrate Judge for Northern District of California

Aaron Flemate  | Published on Wednesday, August 2, 2017

MAGISTRATE JUDGE VACANCY in San Jose and San Francisco (one position in each location).

See FLYER for details.

Applications are invited for the position of
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE (FULL-TIME)
For the United States District Court for the Northern District of California
San Jose and San Francisco (one position in each location)


The current annual salary of the position is $188,692, and is set at the rate of 92% of the salary of a district court judge. The term of office is eight years, subject to reappointment for continuing eight-year terms thereafter. The judicial retirement system provides for vesting of a partial annuity after eight years, and, after 14 years of service, a magistrate judge is entitled to an annuity equal to the salary of the office, payable at age 65. The other benefits of federal employment apply.

To be qualified for 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;
3. Be less than 70 years old; and
4. Not be related to a judge of the District Court.

The San Jose term is expected to start in June 2018. The San Francisco term is expected to start in September 2018.

Applications must be signed personally by the applicant and received by August 31, 2017. Applications delivered in-person must be received by 4:00 pm.