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Magistrate Judge Courtroom Deputy

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Job Specifications
Classification Level: 
CL 26
Salary Range: 
$53,216 - $86,503
Los Angeles
Opening Date: 
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Closing Date: 
Open until filled (preference given to applications received by 3/18/2020)
Number of Positions: 
One or more
Vacancy Number: 
20-15 (Repost)
Job Type: 
Full Time
Position Overview: 

The Magistrate Judge Courtroom Deputy reports to the Court Services Manager.  The Magistrate Judge Courtroom Deputy is assigned to support a United States Magistrate Judge serving as the judge’s primary liaison with the Clerk’s Office, attorneys, parties, law enforcement, and providing necessary courtroom and case management.

This position is located in downtown Los Angeles at the Roybal Federal Building and United States Courthouse.

Representative Responsibilities: 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage and monitor the Magistrate Judge’s caseload, court calendars, and accuracy of statistical and pending reports.
  • Attend court proceedings, call court to order, administer oaths and swear in witnesses.
  • Assist with the orderly flow of proceedings, assuring presence of all necessary parties, and assist with the selection of juries and managing exhibits.
  • Compose substance of minute orders; prepare verdict forms, judgments and other court forms.
  • Provide Criminal Duty, PIA, CVB and ECRO coverage.
  • Participate in the arraignment of defendants and provide other courtroom assistance, as necessary.
  • Perform docketing functions in CM/ECF and provide quality control on attorney docketed entries.
  • Coordinate and interact with judges, attorneys, agents, other court staff and the public.
  • Provide relief coverage, as needed.
  • Must be a high school graduate or equivalent.  A college degree is strongly preferred. Paralegal experience is highly desirable.
  • Must have at least one-year equivalent experience at the CL-25 level. Courtroom Deputy experience is highly desirable.
  • The position requires excellent interpersonal and customer service skills. 
  • A Magistrate Judge Courtroom Deputy must be able to communicate thoughts with confidence, clarity, conciseness, and tact. The position requires excellent English verbal and written skills including grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  • A minimum of three years of progressively responsible office administrative experience, including the use of legal terminology, and the application of a body of rules, regulations, directions or laws to various situations.
  • Skill in the use of computers and various computer programs such as Microsoft Office products is required.
  • The Magistrate Judge Courtroom Deputy must demonstrate an acute attention to detail, be well-organized, and have exceptional time management skills. 
  • The Magistrate Judge Courtroom Deputy must demonstrate an ability to thoroughly research and solve problems and work effectively in a fast-paced atmosphere dealing with numerous and diverse legal issues.
  • The Magistrate Judge Courtroom Deputy must possess strong leadership and organizational skills and have the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and think logically under large workloads and time constraints.
  • Because of the criticality of the case management and calendaring process, a Magistrate Judge Courtroom Deputy must have a flexible work schedule and have a work history reflecting dependability. The ability to work 8 hours per day, 5 days a week, and additional hours as needed is necessary.
  • Minimum typing ability of 45 wpm.
Physical Requirements: 

Work is performed in an office setting within the district.  Occasional travel to other divisional offices or out-of-district locations may be required.  The position entails moderate to semi-heavy physical activity such as lifting boxes, shifting exhibits and court records.  It requires the ability to bend, pull and push carts of voluminous documents to and from chambers, as well as the ability to sit for prolonged periods of time.  Simple troubleshooting of courtroom equipment malfunctions is required.

  • United States District Court and the Probation and Pretrial Services Office employees are entitled to federal benefits such as:  a defined benefit pension plan; a retirement savings plan including generous matching contributions; paid vacation and sick leave; ten paid holidays per year; and choosing from an array of insurance plans including health, life, dental, vision, long term disability, long term care, and flexible spending programs.
  • Commuter subsidies are available to employees who use public transportation to and from work.
  • Extensive on-line training options. Travel for in-person training and professional conferences is available, funds permitting.
Information for Applicants: 
  • As a condition of employment, the successful candidate is required to undergo an FBI background check. 
  • The successful candidate must be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States currently seeking citizenship or intending to become a citizen immediately after meeting the eligibility requirements.
  • This position is subject to mandatory electronic fund transfer (direct deposit) participation for payment of net pay.
  • The United States District Court and the Probation and Pretrial Services Office requires employees to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Federal Judicial Employees, which is available on the Court’s website:


For priority consideration, applications should be submitted by email to Attached documents must be in PDF format and the email should reference the position title and Vacancy No. 20-15 (Repost).  Complete application packets must include the following:

  1.  a cover letter;
  2.  a resume; and
  3.  an application for Federal Branch Employment (visit the court’s website at to download the job application).

Due to the volume of applications received, the Court will communicate only with those individuals who will be interviewed.  Expenses associated with interviews or relocation will not be reimbursed.  Applicants scheduled to interview should advise the Human Resources staff if any accommodation will be necessary to interview.

The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this announcement, commence interviews immediately, withdraw the announcement, or fill the position at any time, any of which actions may occur without notice.

The Federal Judiciary is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer