Municipal Court Judge

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Website City of Waco

Municipal Court Judge

 

City of Waco

 

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

 

Job Number: 2022-01246

 

Location: Waco, TX

 

Department: Municipal Court

 

Job Type: Full Time

 

Primary Duties

 

Under administrative direction, presides over jury trials, bench trials, and other hearings to provide residents with a fair and impartial venue to contest citations charged against them in the Municipal Court; functions as both a judge and magistrate to ensure that the laws of the State of Texas and the ordinances of the City of Waco are applied fairly and even-handedly to all persons who appear before the Court.

Starting salary for this position is $145,000 annually.

The first review of resumes will be on July 26, 2022, and interviews are tentatively scheduled for August 8, 2022.

 

Essential Functions

 

Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

• Responsible for the administration of the municipal court operation for the City of Waco in accordance with state and federal statutes, the city charter, and city ordinances, along with other functions that may be assigned to the court under state law or local regulation.

• Presides over a variety of hearings (including criminal jury and non-jury trials; pre-trial conferences) involving Class C misdemeanors in the enforcement of city ordinances, traffic violations, criminal misdemeanors; and property disputes, animal hearings, and other cases appropriately tried in municipal court.

• Travels or telecommutes each morning to the county jail to conduct arraignment and indigency/commitment hearings.

• Presides over juvenile arraignments including, but not limited to, alcohol, driving, and curfew violations.

• Determines fines for persons found guilty of Class C misdemeanors. Has original and exclusive jurisdiction over violations of city ordinances and, within city limits, has concurrent jurisdiction with justice of the peace courts over Class C misdemeanor criminal cases where the punishment upon conviction is by fine only.

• Issues summons, conducts arraignments, advises defendants of rights and options; accepts pleas of guilty and nolo contendere, and enters judgment.

• Reviews affidavits for sufficiency of facts and determination of the existence of probable cause to issue search and arrest warrants. Issues search and arrest warrants for Class A, B and C misdemeanors and all levels of felonies.

• Issues administrative search warrants for building inspections. Conducts juvenile warnings and certifies juvenile statements.

• Works with the Court Administrator to ensure proper development of policies, procedures, and docket scheduling.

• Performs legal research as necessary on matters before the court, studies legal periodicals, new laws, and appellate court decisions to maintain current knowledge of judicial developments.

• Works cooperatively with other departments, City officials, the community, and other governmental organizations to produce innovative solutions.

• Preserves and enhances the quality of life for Waco residents by observing the City’s guiding principles.

• Interprets laws, rulings, and regulations, and issues written and oral instructions and opinions.

• Remains current on federal, state, and municipal Law.

• May be required to respond after hours, including holidays and weekends, in the event of a departmental or City-wide emergency.

• Performs other related and assigned duties as required.

 

Qualifications

 

Required:

 

• Juris Doctor degree is required.

• Two years of experience as a practicing attorney is required.

• Upon appointment, must be a resident of the City of Waco, the State of Texas, and a citizen of the United States.

• Be a licensed attorney in good standing and competent.

 

License and Certifications:

 

• Must be a member of the State Bar of Texas, licensed to practice law in the State of Texas, and remain active with all State Bar of Texas annual requirements.

• Remain compliant with the Rules of Judicial Education of the Court of Criminal Appeals.

 

Physical Demands

 

Light Work:

 

• Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time.

 

EEO Statement

 

The City of Waco is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to providing fair and equal treatment of all applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We value diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all.

 

To apply, please visit https://apptrkr.com/3185715

 

The City of Waco is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to providing fair and equal treatment of all applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We value diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all.

 

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