Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

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About the Job

Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.

It is also Called

  • Administrative Court Justice
  • Appeals Court Associate Justice
  • Appellate Court Judge
  • Associate Justice
  • Associate Juvenile Court Judge
  • Circuit Court Judge
  • Circuit Court Magistrate
  • Circuit Judge
  • City Magistrate
  • County Court Judge

What They Do

  • Perform wedding ceremonies.
  • Supervise other judges, court officers, and the court's administrative staff.
  • Conduct preliminary hearings to decide issues such as whether there is reasonable and probable cause to hold defendants in felony cases.
  • Participate in judicial tribunals to help resolve disputes.
  • Grant divorces and divide assets between spouses.
  • Sentence defendants in criminal cases, on conviction by jury, according to applicable government statutes.
  • Rule on custody and access disputes, and enforce court orders regarding custody and support of children.
  • Provide information regarding the judicial system or other legal issues through the media and public speeches.
  • Impose restrictions upon parties in civil cases until trials can be held.
  • Settle disputes between opposing attorneys.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ES.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Social environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Relationships and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

LMI Region

Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in Washington was $95,440 with most people making between $51,540 and $153,950

Outlook

0.53%
avg. annual growth

During 2008, this occupation employed approximately 940 people in Washington. It is projected that there will be 990 employed in 2018.

This occupation will have about 5 openings due to growth and about 15 replacement openings for approximately 20 total annual openings.

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