The Judicial Conference of the United Sates has authorized the appointment of a full-time United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota. The full-time Magistrate Judge will be stationed in Pierre, South Dakota and will serve the Central (Pierre) and Northern (Aberdeen) Divisions. The current salary is $199,088 per year. The successful candidate will serve for an eight-year term and may be appointed to successive terms.
A Merit Selection Panel comprised of attorneys and members of the community will review applications and provide recommendations to the District Court of the most qualified candidates. The Court will interview the candidates, select a finalist, and make the appointment subject to a full-field FBI investigation and IRS tax check. An affirmative effort will be made to give due consideration to all qualified candidates including women and minorities.
All applications will be kept confidential, unless the applicant consents to disclosure. Applications will be reviewed only by members of the Merit Selection Panel and the judges of the District Court. The Panel’s deliberations will remain confidential.
To apply, complete the official Magistrate Judge application document found under “Employment” on the South Dakota District Court’s website at www.sdd.uscourts.gov. The application should be saved in PDF format as “Last Name, First Name” and emailed to Mesa Scott, Human Resources Administrator, at email@example.com by 5:00 pm CST on November 6, 2020. Additional attachments must be saved separately and be named “Last Name, First Name attachment 1 of 1”. Any additional attachments should follow the same sequence, such as attachment 2 of 3, etc. Once received, the Human Resources Administrator will send acknowledgement by email reply indicating the application has been received as well as any applicable attachments. If you do not receive an email confirmation within 48 hours, call Mesa Scott at 605-977-8959 to verify receipt. Applications and attachments must be received no later than 5:00 pm CST on Friday, November 6, 2020.
Applications are invited from individuals who meet the following qualifications:
Current member and member in good standing for at least five years in the bar of the highest court of a state;
Engaged in the active practice of law for at least five years;
Competent to perform all of the duties specified in 28 U.S.C. 636;
Less than 70 years old; and
Not related to a judge of the U.S. District Court.
The duties of the Magistrate Judge are enumerated in 28 U.S.C. § 636 and D.S.D. Crim. LR 41.1. Duties include presiding over initial proceedings in criminal cases, trials of misdemeanor cases, including petty offenses; pretrial matters and other proceedings in civil and criminal cases; conducting civil settlement conferences; and disposition of civil cases with consent of the parties.
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About United States District Court, District of South Dakota
The federal judiciary is comprised of 94 districts nationwide, which are divided into 11 circuits. The District of South Dakota in part of the Eighth Circuit and covers the entire state of South Dakota. The Probation and Pretrial Services Office in the U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota (hereafter Office), is a combined (both pretrial and probation) district with headquarters in Sioux Falls. There are divisional offices in Rapid City, Pierre, and Aberdeen, with satellite offices in Kyle (on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation), Mission (on the Rosebud Indian Reservation), and Timber Lake (on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation).
The U.S. Probation Office plays an integral role in the administration of justice and serves as the community corrections arm of the Federal Court system.
There are five major functions performed by probation and pretrial services offices at various stages of the justice process:
1.Prior to prosecution and only at the request of the U.S. Attorney’s office, the probation and pretrial services office submits reports to the U.S. Attorney’s office on a person’s suitability for supervision and subsequently supervises persons approved by... the U.S. Attorney’s office to be diverted from formal prosecution pursuant to an established pretrial diversion agreement.
2.After charges have been filed, the probation and pretrial services office investigates persons who have been charged and submits a bail report to the court on each person. The reports provide information to the court about what, if any, conditions are necessary for the person to remain free during the pretrial phase based on the assessed likelihood the person will appear as directed by the court and does not pose a danger to another person or the community.
3.After bail decisions, the probation and pretrial services office supervises defendants during the pretrial phase as directed by the court.
4.After a person has been convicted of a crime and prior to sentencing, the probation and pretrial services office investigates the person and submits a presentence report to the court to assist the court in crafting the most appropriate sentence.
5.After sentencing when a person is allowed to remain in the community or is returning to the community, the probation and pretrial services office supervises the person for the duration of time specified by U.S. district court order or by the paroling authorities.
Overarching the duties and functions of each probation and pretrial services office is the primary mission to provide the best information to the court to aid in the administration of justice and to employ evidence-based and best practices to reduce re-offending behaviors and the harm caused by those re-offending.
Employing methods which have been demonstrated to be effective by empirical research is essential to achieving the best possible probation and pretrial services outcomes. Evidence-based practice is the application of the body of research and replicable knowledge that describes contemporary correctional assessment, programming and supervision strategies that lead to improved correctional outcomes. (see http://static.nicic.gov/Library/024107.pdf)As the scientific evidence about correctional practices continues to build and enlighten, the probation offices will adjust its practices to align with the empirical knowledge.