North Dakota Court System
600 E. Boulevard Ave., Mail Stop 180
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$9,551 monthly; plus excellent benefits package including employer paid family health insurance premiums and retirement contributions and generous vacation and sick leave accruals.
The Judicial Referee is responsible for conducting and presiding over formal hearings and court cases involving juveniles, child support, small claims, civil traffic, evictions, adult guardianships, stipulated divorces, orders for protection, and mental health involuntary commitments. Reviews pleadings, affidavits, case files and law in preparation for hearings. Presides over hearings, issues and writes decisions, findings, conclusions and/or orders ruling on the facts of the case.
1. Prepares for formal hearings and cases by reviewing documents, case files, pleadings, affidavits, petitions for involuntary committal and petitions for orders of protection. Researches applicable laws and cases appropriate to subjects before the court.
2. Manages and presides over formal hearings before the court involving juveniles, child support, small claims, civil traffic, mental health preliminary commitments, evictions, adult guardianships, stipulated divorces, orders for protection, or other cases assigned by the district judge.
•Oversees activities of assigned court personnel such as court reporters and court secretaries.
•Controls court proceedings and participants of the hearing including attorneys and all parties involved in the hearing.
•Rules on matters of law and whether or not evidence is admissible or non-admissible.
•Hears testimony and evidence presented during the proceeding and evaluates the credibility and relevance of evidence, facts and testimony.
•Considers post-hearing briefs and arguments presented by attorneys.
3. Prepares and presents written reports stating findings of fact and conclusions based on evidence, with necessary recommendations to the district judge for final decision, which stands as the court order unless superseded by the judge.
4. Communicates with, advises and answers questions involving court matters or issues before the court with Clerk of Court personnel.
5. Answers letters appropriate for reply. Communicates jointly by letter or conference with attorneys in a given case to give direction or collect information.
6. Presides over hearings or performs other duties of a magistrate under Administrative Rule 20.
Requires a juris doctor degree from an accredited law school and a minimum of three years legal practice experience. Must be licensed to practice law in the State of North Dakota and must reside in the judicial district after appointment unless waived by the presiding judge.
Applications must be submitted online at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/ndcourts. Any form of paper or other electronic application will not be accepted.
The successful candidate will be subject to a criminal background check.