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Chief Magistrate Judge (FT)

Habersham County

Listing Summary

Position: Chief Magistrate Judge (FT)                                           Department: Magistrate Court

Starting Salary: Salary set by statute based upon hours worked  FLSA Status: Exempt

                           (if less than 40)

Posting Date: January 17, 2023                                                     Closing Date: January 31, 2023

Job Summary:

This position is responsible for the efficient operations and day to day management of the business of the Magistrate Court.

Major Duties:

  • Manages the logistical functioning and flow of courtroom activities to ensure the court runs in an efficient and professional manner.
  • Preside over civil and criminal non-jury trials within the Court’s jurisdiction and render written orders and judgments.
  • Be familiar with and comply with the Georgia Code of Judicial conduct.
  • Attend mandatory training and continuing judicial education.
  • Supervise Magistrate Court Clerk and Administrative personnel.
  • Ensure the proper accounting and distribution of fines and fees paid to the Court.
  • Schedules Court sessions.
  • Approves arrest warrants and search warrants based on probable cause.
  • Conducts first appearance hearings as needed.
  • Appoints other Magistrate Judges (with the consent of the Superior Court Judges).
  • Sets policy for the Magistrate Court.
  • Assigns cases to Magistrate Judges as needed.
  • Reviews criminal history of defendants in connection with setting of setting bail/bond.
  • Delivers motions and orders to various court personnel, litigants, or attorneys.
  • Interacts with other judges, clerks of court, litigants, attorneys, law enforcement and the general public to exchange information and facilitate task completion.
  • Prepares correspondence, memoranda, orders, reports, emails, and other documents observing strict confidentiality.
  • Responsible for the maintenance of departmental reports and records.
  • Prepares the annual departmental budget for submission to the County Commission for approval.
  • Performs other related duties as needed for the efficient operation of the Magistrate Court.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must have resided in the County for at least one year.
  • Must be 25 years of age.
  • Must have a high school diploma.
  • Possession of a valid Driver's License.
  • Strong oral and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Sufficient experience to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position, usually associated with the completion of an apprenticeship/internship or having had a similar position for at least two years.

Knowledge Preferred (Preference given to candidate that has this knowledge):

  • Knowledge of Magistrate Court practices, procedures, and legal terminology.
  • Knowledge of differentiated case management techniques.
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal guidelines and regulations as they pertain to Magistrate Court.
  • Knowledge of the basic structure of the Courts and Criminal Justice system.

To Apply: All applicants must complete a Habersham County employment application. Applications can be found online at  Applications and a detailed job description can be picked up at the Habersham County Human Resources Department, Administration Building located at 130 Jacob’s Way, Clarkesville, GA 30523 in room 303. For more information please call (706) 839-0214.


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