Virginia State Government Magistrate in Stafford, Virginia

Position Information
Job Description

The Commonwealth of Virginia has an opening for a magistrate position in Magisterial Region 6. A Magistrate is an independent judicial officer appointed by the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia. Magisterial Region 6 is comprised of the Counties of Caroline, Charles, Essex, Gloucester, Hanover, Henrico, James City, King and Queen, King George, King William, Lancaster, Matthews, Middlesex, New Kent, Northumberland, Richmond, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Westmoreland, and York; and the Cities of Fredericksburg, Richmond, and Williamsburg. The Magistrates will be required to conduct hearings throughout Magisterial Region 6. Initially, the Magistrate appointed to this position will serve primarily in Stafford County located in the 15th Judicial District, however they may be required to sit in any location in the Region. Magistrates must possess a fundamental working knowledge of Virginia civil and criminal law, and demonstrate an ability to impartially and efficiently apply that knowledge in the resolution of legal issues.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

— Conducting neutral and impartial hearings relating to searches, arrests, bail, temporary detentions, and civil issues

— Conducting legal research and analysis

— Ascertaining facts and applying them to relevant legal principles

— Maintaining order and decorum in highly charged, sensitive circumstances

— Receiving and accounting for money

Minimum Qualifications

— Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education

— Excellent English speaking, listening, and writing skills

— Strong interpersonal skills

— Computer proficiency

Special Instructions to Applicants

A fundamental knowledge of Virginia civil and criminal law and the judicial system is essential. Therefore, relevant legal experience, training, or education, including membership in the Virginia State Bar, is a plus.

The successful candidate must be a citizen of the United States and either be or become a resident of Virginia prior to appointment. Candidates must meet all of the qualifications of a magistrate under Va. Code § 19.2-37. The Canons of Conduct for Virginia Magistrates applies to this position. See

If not currently certified as a magistrate, the successful candidate must attend an intensive four-week training course and successfully pass a certification process that includes a written examination and extensive on-the-job training. The successful candidate will be required to sign a training repayment agreement, which will require the magistrate to reimburse, pro-rata, the Office of the Executive Secretary for the cost of providing training in the event that the magistrate leaves employment during training or within two years of completing training.

This is a full-time position. The work schedule has rotating shifts that include weekends and holidays. This position offers a competitive benefits package, which includes vacation and sick leave, 12 paid holidays, health insurance, retirement benefits, life insurance, deferred compensation, and short-term and long-term disability.

State application, resume, and cover letter required.


Applicants must apply online. Only interviewed applicants will be notified of the filling of the position. No phone calls or e-mails regarding application status.

The Virginia Judicial System is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity in the workplace. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability. Applicants who need accommodations for an interview should request this in advance. All candidates are subject to a criminal history background check before being offered employment.

Contact Information

Jewel Jefferson




We do not accept documents via mail or email; you must apply online in order to be considered.

Working Title: Magistrate

Role Title: Non-Classified

Job Open Date: 10/13/2017

Job Close Date: 10/27/2017

Open Until Filled: No

Is this position funded in whole or in part by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Package)?: No

Hiring Range: Commensurate with experience.

Agency: Magistrate System (103)

Agency Website:

Location: Stafford - 179

Position Number: 13782

Job Posting Number: 1030394

Type of Recruitment: General Public - G

Does this position have telework options?: No

Bilingual/Multilingual Skill Requirement/Preference: No

Job Type: Full-Time (Salaried)

Job Type Detail: Full-Time Salaried - Non-Faculty- FTS-1

Pay Band: UG