UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Amended Public Notice Concerning the Appointment of New Magistrate Judges
The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a full time United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Colorado located in Denver, Colorado, to fill the vacancy created by Magistrate Judge Nina Y. Wang's recent confirmation as a U.S. District Judge. Additionally, the Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a second full-time United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Colorado located in Denver, Colorado to fill the vacancy that will be created upon the retirement of Magistrate Judge Kristen L. Mix on or about August 5, 2023. The term of office for each vacancy is eight (8) years. The current annual salary of the positions is $205,528.
The authority of a United States Magistrate Judge is specified in 28 U.S.C. § 636. In criminal cases, a Magistrate Judge: (1) considers petitions for issuance of search warrants; (2) conducts preliminary proceedings; and (3) presides over the trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases. Civil cases are directly drawn to both Magistrate Judges and District Judges on a random draw. For cases drawn to District Judges and for cases drawn to Magistrate Judges where the parties do not consent to the Magistrate Judge handling all matters, both a District and Magistrate Judge are assigned to the case. In these cases, a Magistrate Judge conducts pretrial matters, evidentiary proceedings, and post-trial matters on referral from the District Judge. In civil cases where the parties consent to the Magistrate Judge handling all matters, the Magistrate Judge presides over all pretrial, trial, and post-trial matters.
To be qualified, an applicant must:
(1) Be, and for the prior five years have been, 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,
(2) Have been engaged in the active practice of law for a period of at least five years (with some substitutes authorized);
(3) Be competent to perform all the duties of the office. This includes but is not limited to being of good moral character, being emotionally stable and mature, being committed to equal justice under the law, being in good health, being patient and courteous, and being capable of deliberation and decisiveness.
(4) Be less than seventy years old; and
(5) Not be related to a judge of the district court.
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