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Part Time Magistrate Judge

The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a part-time United States magistrate judge for the District of New Jersey at Fort Dix, New Jersey.  The essential function of courts is to dispense justice. An important component of this function is the creation and maintenance of diversity in the court system. A community’s belief that a court dispenses justice is heightened when the court reflects the community’s racial, ethnic, and gender diversity.


The duties of the position are demanding and wide-ranging and will include (1) trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; (2) Conduct of preliminary proceedings in felony cases; and (3) any other matters which may be assigned by the court consistent with the Federal Magistrates Ace and Local Rules of the Court. The basic authority of a United States magistrate judge is specified in 28 U.S.C. § 636.


The part-time Magistrate Judge will have responsibility for the following federal installations:


1. Earle Naval Weapons Station

2. Fort Dix

3. Gateway National Recreation Area

4. McGuire Air Force Base

5. Military Ocean Terminal. Bayonne

6. Naval Air Terminal. Bayonne

7. Naval Engineering Air Center. Lakehurst

8. Picatinny Arsenal


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;

(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 seventy years old; and

(4)      Not be related to a judge of the district court.


A merit selection panel composed of attorneys and other members of the community will

review all applicants and recommend to the district judges in confidence the persons it considers best qualified. The court will make the appointment following an FBI full-field investigation and an IRS tax check of the applicant selected by the court for appointment. The individual selected must comply with the financial disclosure requirements pursuant to the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, Pub. L. No. 95-521, 92 Stat. 1824 (1978) (codified at 5 U.S.C. app. §§ 101-111) as implemented by the Judicial Conference of the United States. An affirmative effort will be made to give due consideration to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, age, gender, religion, national origin, or disability. The current annual salary of the position is $102,764.00. The term of office is 4 years.


The committee invites all qualified members of the bar who are interested and who would like to be considered for appointment to submit a completed application no later than August 26, 2022 preferably to the following upload link .


Or to the following address:


William T. Walsh, Secretary

Merit Selection Panel

U.S. District Court, District of NJ

Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse

50 Walnut Street

Newark, NJ 07102


Application forms are available from the Clerk’s Office at the above address or on the Court’s web site


All applications will be kept confidential, unless the applicant consents to disclosure, and

all applications will be examined only by members of the merit selection panel and the judges of

the district court. The panel’s deliberations will remain confidential.

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