Title: Magistrate - Petersburg
Hiring Range: Commensurate with experience
Agency: Supreme Court
Agency Website: www.vacourts.gov
Recruitment Type: General Public - G
The Commonwealth of Virginia has an opening for a magistrate position in Magisterial Region 3. A magistrate is an independent judicial officer appointed by the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia. Magisterial Region 3 is comprised of the Counties of Amelia, Appomattox, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Chesterfield, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Powhatan, Prince Edward, Prince George, Surry, Sussex and the cities of Colonial Heights, Emporia, Hopewell and Petersburg. The magistrate will be required to conduct hearings throughout Magisterial Region 3. Initially, the magistrate appointed to this position primarily will serve in Petersburg, Powhatan, or Amelia located in the 11th Judicial District. A magistrate must possess a fundamental working knowledge of Virginia law and demonstrate an ability to impartially and efficiently apply that knowledge in the resolution of legal issues.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities –
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
— Conducting neutral and impartial hearings relating to searches, arrests, bail, temporary detentions, and civil issues
— Conducting legal research and analysis
— Ascertaining facts and applying them to relevant legal principles
— Maintaining order and decorum in highly charged, sensitive circumstances
— Receiving and accounting for money
This is a full-time position. The work schedule has rotating shifts that include weekends and holidays. This position offers a competitive benefits package, which includes vacation and sick leave, 13 paid holidays, health insurance, retirement benefits, life insurance, deferred compensation, and short-term and long-term disability.
Minimum Qualifications/Experience –
— Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education
— Excellent English speaking, listening, and writing skills
— Strong interpersonal skills
— Computer proficiency
A fundamental knowledge of Virginia civil and criminal law and the judicial system is essential. Therefore, relevant legal experience, training, or education, including membership in the Virginia State Bar, is a plus.
The successful candidate must be a citizen of the United States and either be or become a resident of Virginia prior to appointment. Candidates must meet all of the qualifications of a magistrate under Va. Code § 19.2-37. The Canons of Conduct for Virginia Magistrates applies to this position. See http://www.courts.state.va.us/courtadmin/aoc/mag/resources/canons.pdf
CANONS OF CONDUCT FOR VIRGINIA MAGISTRATES
If not currently certified as a magistrate, the successful candidate must attend an intensive four-week training course and successfully pass a certification process that includes a written examination and extensive on-the-job training. The successful candidate will be required to sign a training repayment agreement, which will require the magistrate to reimburse, pro-rata, the Office of the Executive Secretary for the cost of providing training in the event that the magistrate leaves employment during training or within two years of completing training.
RMS provides a confirmation of receipt when your application and/or résumé is submitted successfully. Please refer to “Your Application” in your RMS account to check the status of your application for this position.
State application, resume, and cover letter required.
STATE APPLICATION MUST BE FULLY COMPLETED IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED.
Applicants must apply online. Only interviewed applicants will be notified of the filling of the position. No phone calls or e-mails regarding application status.
The Virginia Judicial System is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity in the workplace. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability. Applicants who need accommodations for an interview should request this in advance. All candidates are subject to a criminal history background check before being offered employment.
Name: Curt Crostic
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In support of the Commonwealth’s commitment to inclusion, we are encouraging individuals with disabilities to apply through the Commonwealth Alternative Hiring Process. To be considered for this opportunity, applicants will need to provide their Certificate of Disability (COD) provided by a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor within the Department for Aging & Rehabilitative Services (DARS), or the Department for the Blind & Vision Impaired (DBVI). Veterans are encouraged to answer Veteran status questions and submit their disability documentation, if applicable, to DARS/DBVI to get their Certificate of Disability. If you need to get a Certificate of Disability, use this link: Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities, or call DARS at 800-552-5019, or DBVI at 800-622-2155.
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