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Magistrate Judge Vacancy (Kansas City)

Posted: Monday, August 5, 2013

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO MAGISTRATE JUDGE APPLICANTS:  The Merit Selection Panel requests that each applicant submit a written statement entitled “Why I Want to be a U.S. Magistrate Judge.”  This statement can include your reasons for applying, how your qualifications especially qualify you for the position, and any other information you care to provide.  Additionally, the statement should not exceed 2-3 typewritten pages and should be the sole work of the applicant.  Please submit the written statement via email to by September 20 at 5:00 p.m.

The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Kansas at Kansas City, Kansas. The duties of the position are demanding and wide-ranging: 1) conduct of most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; 2) trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; 3) conduct of various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from a district judge; and 4) trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants. The basic authority of a United States Magistrate Judge is specified in 28 U.S.C. § 636. 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;
  2. Have been engaged in the active practice of law for a period of at least five years (with some substitutes authorized);
  3. Be competent to perform all the duties of the office; be of good moral character; be committed to equal justice under the law; be patient and courteous; and be capable of deliberation and decisiveness;
  4. Be less than seventy years old; and
  5. 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 applications and recommend to the district judges in confidence the five 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. An affirmative effort will be made to give due consideration to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and sexual harassment), sexual orientation, national origin, age (at least 40 years of age) or disability. The current annual salary of the position is $160,080. The term of office is eight years.

Applications must be submitted only by applicants personally (and not on behalf of another person) and must be received no later than 4:30 p.m., September 16, 2013.

For a printable version of the full vacancy announcement, see Magistrate Judge Vacancy Announcement (Kansas City).

Application Forms

Application for Magistrate Judge (PDF)
Application for Magistrate Judge (Word)
Application for Magistrate Judge (Word Perfect)

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.

For more information regarding the selection process of a magistrate judge, see the handbook called Selection, Appointment, & Reappointment of Magistrate Judges.

Federal Magistrate Judges must abide by the Code of Conduct for United States Judges, a set of ethical principles and guidelines adopted by the Judicial Conference of the United States.  For more information, see the Code of Conduct for United States Judges.


A webinar was held on August 9, 2013, to provide information about Magistrate Judge positions in Kansas. In order to see a copy of the power point presentation, please see the Magistrate Judge Position Slideshow.

Merit Selection Panel Order

On August 19, 2013, the court entered an order creating the Merit Selection Panel for the Kansas City Magistrate Judge vacancy.  Applicants should refrain from contacting individual Panel members directly.  Any comments or inquiries related to the Panel or the process should be directed to the Clerk's Office at  For additional information, see the Merit Selection Panel Order.