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OPS Magistrate

Date: Apr 22, 2021

Location: PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL, US, 34986

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Requisition No: 339881 

Agency: State Courts System

Working Title: OPS Magistrate

Position Number: 22090000 

Salary:  $42.36 Hourly* 

Posting Closing Date: 04/30/2021 

OPS Magistrate

Salary: $42.36 Hourly*

Closing Date: March 31, 2021


Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, Port St. Lucie, Florida


The essential function of the position within the organization is to conduct hearings and make recommendations on matters referred for hearing by judges. The position is responsible for setting referred cases for hearing, conducting hearings, making determinations on cases, and preparing findings and recommendations for the parties and referring judge’s consideration. The position works under the general supervision of a Chief Judge or designee.

Examples of Work

Reviews judge’s orders of referral and conducts legal research in preparation for hearings of family law cases.

Schedules cases and conducts hearings in compliance with applicable regulations and laws; gathers data in the form of documentary evidence and testimony.

Reviews reports and recommendations submitted by attorneys and considers/analyzes related research and information presented at hearings to make case determinations, in the form of a recommended order to the courts.

Prepares case report and recommendations with accompanying orders for referring judge’s signature at the conclusion of hearings.

Reads professional journals and updates of case law to stay current on regulations and statutes governing family court.

Attends staff meetings to exchange information; attends technical or professional classes, workshops, seminars or conferences to improve professional skills.

Case-manages referred family law, civil and probate matters; conducts hearings and prepares, reviews and/or signs written decisions on referred matters.

The Magistrate takes and evaluates evidence and testimony from witnesses and technical experts and uses that in making legal factual recommendations. Makes rulings on pre-trial and post judgment motions including discovery, dismissal and motions for relief, clarification and re-hearings.

Education and Experience Guidelines

Education. Refers to the job specific training and education which is recommended for entry into the position. Additional relevant experience may substitute for the recommended educational level on a year-for-year basis.

Juris doctorate degree from an accredited law school.

Experience: Refers to the amount of work related experience that is recommended for entry into the position and would result in a reasonable expectation that the person can perform the required tasks. Additional relevant education may substitute for the recommended experience on a year-for-year basis, excluding supervisory experience.

Five years of experience in the practice of law, including one year in family law.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations Required: Refers to professional, state, or federal licenses, certifications, or registrations required to enter the position.

Requires membership in good standing in the Florida Bar.


Data Responsibility: Refers to information, knowledge, and conceptions obtained by observation, investigation, interpretation, visualization, and mental creation. Data are intangible and include numbers, words, symbols, ideas, concepts, and oral verbalizations. Conducts research to discover new methodologies or to find solutions for unresolved problems.

People Responsibility: Refers to individuals who have contact with or are influenced by the position. Mentors others by advising, counseling, or guiding them.

Assets Responsibility: Refers to the responsibility for achieving economies or preventing loss within the organization. Requires responsibility for achieving moderate economies or preventing major losses through interpreting policy as legal counsel.

Mathematical Requirements: Deals with quantities, magnitudes, and forms and their relationships and attributes by the use of numbers and symbols. Uses practical application of fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions, measurements, or logarithms; may use algebraic solutions of equations and equalities, deductive geometry, and/or descriptive statistics.

Communications Requirements: Involves the ability to read, write, and speak. Reads and interprets highly complex professional materials involving abstract theories and concepts; writes for professional publications; develops and presents papers at professional conferences.

Complexity of Work: Addresses the analysis, initiative, ingenuity, creativity, and concentration required by the position and the presence of any unusual pressures. Performs work involving the application of principles of logical thinking, scientific, medical, or legal practice to diagnose or define problems, collect data and solve abstract problems with widespread unit or organization impact; requires sustained, intense concentration for accurate results and continuous exposure to unusual pressure.

Impact of Decisions: Refers to consequences such as damage to property, loss of data or property, exposure of the organization to legal liability, or injury or death to individuals. Makes decisions with moderately serious impact - affects work unit and may affect other units and the general public.

Equipment Usage: Refers to inanimate objects such as substances, materials, machines, tools, equipment, work aids, or products. A thing is tangible and has shape, form, and other physical characteristics. Leads or handles machines, tools, equipment or work aids involving moderate latitude for judgment regarding attainment of a standard or in selecting appropriate items, such as computers, peripherals, or software programs, such as word processing or spreadsheets.

Safety of Others: Refers to the responsibility for other people’s safety, either inherent in the job or to assure the safety of the general public. Requires considerable responsibility for the safety and health of others and/or continuous enforcement of the laws and standards of public health and safety.

Special Comments

*This Other Personal Services (OPS) employment is paid hourly and works 40 hours per week, except for holidays.  OPS/Variable hour employees may be eligible for insurance coverage.  There is no paid holiday, sick, or vacation time.

This position is grant funded and time limited. The term of employment will not extend beyond January 20, 2022 unless the grant is extended, or another state funding source comes available.

The Florida State Courts System is a criminal justice agency.  The successful applicant will be fingerprinted for the purpose of conducting a criminal history record check.  Employment in this position is contingent upon a satisfactory criminal background check.

In accordance with Section 110.205(2)(c), Florida Statutes, positions with the Florida State Courts System (judicial branch) are not covered under the Career Service System.  All employees of the Florida State Courts System are at-will employees and serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and do not attain tenure rights.

How to Apply

Submit State of Florida Application and Resume to:

The State of Florida Employment Application is located at the following link.

The People First profile application will not be considered. 

An application must be submitted for the position listing the appropriate class title and position number for which you are applying. Your application must be received by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date.

For additional information contact Human Resources Lisa Jaramillo at 772-807-4383.

To learn more about the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida visit the website at  View also the employment page at

The successful applicant will be subject to a criminal background check.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.

If you need an accommodation to participate in the application/selection process, please call the contact person at the number indicated for each respective position.

Persons using a TDD may call the contact person through the Florida Relay Service 711 or 1-800-955-8771.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

Nearest Major Market: Port Saint Lucie