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Municipal Court Judge
Posted: Jul. 29, 2019
End Date: Sep. 9, 2019
The Municipal Court Judge presides over judicial and administrative law functions, including arraignments, hearings, and trials regarding violations within the Court's jurisdiction, rules on the admissibility of evidence, monitors testimony of witnesses, and adjudicates cases in a fair and impartial manner that protects the rights of all those involved.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The following duties are representative of the work required for this job. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
Presides daily at the Municipal Court and, thereafter, at the regular sessions of Traffic and Misdemeanor Court daily to adjudicate violations of Macon-Bibb County ordinances and of State laws within the Court's jurisdiction.Presides over Housing and DUI Courts twice monthly.
Meets with Deputy Clerks after Court sessions to handle paperwork as necessary, including resolution of identity fraud cases, cases to be dismissed at the request of police officers or County Prosecutor, and cases which are too old to prosecute according to the County Attorney/Contract Prosecutor (cases in which officers have left the force or other witnesses are unavailable).
Reviews submitted documents and transcripts, presides over administrative hearings as needed, and prepares final decisions regarding appeals by employees who have been disciplined the government.
Presides over the disciplinary hearings of certain employees and, in the rare event of a tie vote among the appointed members of the disciplinary board, casts the decisive vote.
Establishes rules for Court proceedings and authorizes Deputy Clerks for expediting cases as may be necessary.
Responds to requests for search warrants.
Attends meetings of the Commission's Public Safety Committee as needed, but not less than once a month.
Education, Training and Experience:
The Municipal Court Judge must possess a LL.B or J.D. from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association, and five (5) years' experience as a part-time judge or two (2) years' experience as a full-time judge. This position must have extensive experience in Misdemeanor and Administrative law, reviewing statutes, regulations, and ordinances; or equivalent combination of education and experience acceptable to the appointing authority; or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
The Municipal Court Judge must be knowledgeable of the following principles, procedures, and concepts:
Knowledge of laws and ordinances relative to cases in Macon Municipal Court.
Knowledge of the conduct of proceedings in Georgia courts, the application of legal precedents, and the interpretation of State statutes and regulations and of local County ordinances.
Knowledge of Court procedures and practices.
Knowledge of the English language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Knowledge of modern office practices and procedures.
Knowledge of personal computers and relevant office software.
Skill in legal research and analysis
Skill in applying logic and reasoning to identify and assess the strengths and weaknesses in opposing arguments and alternative solutions.
Skills in communicating effectively in both writing and speaking as appropriate for the audience.
Skill in trying to pacify and reconcile differences.
Ability to conduct fair and impartial hearings involving simple or complex legal issues.
Ability to analyze a variety of problems by applying legal principles and precedents.
Ability to exercise independent judgment at arriving at findings and conclusions of the law.
Ability to evaluate, interpret, and apply laws, rules, regulations, and County ordinances.
Ability to examine witnesses to obtain factual information, analyze evidence, and draw logical conclusions.
Ability to handle stress and hostile people.
Ability to deal tactfully with the public and to enforce Court orders firmly and courteously under stressful circumstances.
Ability to maintain effective working relationships with all Court employees and the general public.
· Medical / Dental / Vision plans
· Prescription coverage
· Discounted Fitness centers
· Deferred Compensation Plan
· Flexible Spending Account(s)
· Employee Assistance Program
· Annual/Sick Leave
· Group Life Insurance
Employer Matching Pension Plan