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Municipal Court Judge
- Posted Date:07/01/2019
Performs professional judicial duties as the Municipal Court Judge for the municipal courts of Pecos. The judge acts in the interpretation, application and enforcement of local ordinances and applicable State laws. The judge shall perform these duties by presiding over the municipal court sessions (including pre-trials, trials, hearings and other judicial proceedings) and functioning as a magistrate. This position shall be authorized and appointed by a majority of council. The Municipal Judge is responsible for the supervision and management of the court within the operations and in collaboration with the Finance Department. The judge shall be compensated as determined and approved by the City Council. Individuals serving as alternate judge in place of full-time judge includes duties and responsibilities of municipal court judge. Requirements and stipulations included in the City’s Charter, Code of Ordinances, Personnel Manual, or in State Law shall supersede any statement within this description.
Reports to the City Council
Exercises autonomy and sound judgement over tasks as assigned.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Preside over Municipal Court for all class C Misdemeanors, City matters, criminal jury and non-jury trials, pre-trial conferences, juvenile warnings and other cases appropriately tried in Municipal Court.
- Maintain a central docket of all cases filed in the City of Pecos.
- Review and/or deny requests for continuances.
- Determine innocence or culpability (when hearing cases without a jury) and levies fine commensurate with the violation in such manner to preserve equity and uniformity in the application of existing laws and ordinances.
- Collaborate with other Pecos Municipal Judges to ensure consistency.
- Supervise the administration of juror notification and direct jurors in trial cases on their role in the interpretation and application of law.
- Support court activities with Municipal Court Clerks, City Attorney, and/or City Prosecutor and other city departments.
- Review legislation and current case law affecting offenses and the criminal justice system and implement procedures to ensure compliance. Perform legal research as needed and determine fine amounts.
- Provide after hours and/or weekend service as needed or in the absence of full time Municipal Court Judge.
- Conduct hearings as necessary.
- Issue warrants, summons, magistrate warnings, etc.
- Collaborate with the City Manager, City Council and applicable city departments to ensure policies, ordinances and orders are within the parameter of state law but also consistent with the values of the community and needs of the departments.
- Collaborate with the City Manager and City Council to establish judge specific performance benchmarks regarding the effectiveness and productivity of the court.
- Support the relationship between the City of Pecos and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with visitors and City staff; maintain confidentiality of work-related issues and City information, perform other duties as required or assigned.
May represent the City at public and private meetings and conferences relating to City business.
Education and Experience:
- Preferred experience as a Municipal Court Judge and TMCEC Certified Judges Education.
- Those with valid license as an attorney issued by the Supreme Court of the State of Texas, and a member in good standing of the State Bar of Texas are preferred.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIREMENTS
- Knowledge of ordinances, statutes and court decision relating to Municipal Court jurisdiction
- Knowledge of judicial procedures and rules of evidence as well as the organization, duties, powers, limitations and authority of the Municipal Court.
- Ability to analyze evidence, apply existing laws impartially and render prompt, equitable verdicts.
- Possess a sense of fairness and exhibit respect towards all persons including but not limited to argumentative and often hostile persons in court.
- Demonstrate sound judgement based on evidence and validated information without bias.
- Abide by the Employee Policies and Procedures Manual and subscribe to the core values of the City of Pecos.
- Communicate clearly and concisely both orally and written.
- Operate a computer, software and other office equipment.
- Valid Texas Class C Driver’s License with satisfactory driving record, as defined by City policy.
- Proof of citizenship and/or eligibility to legally work in the United States.
- Must meet the minimum mandatory continuing education requirements for Municipal Court Judges as established by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
- Must submit to and pass a pre-employment drug test and criminal background check.
- Must be a resident of this state.
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED
Personal computer, including word processor, spreadsheets, project management software, 10-key calculator, phone, networker printer and copy machine,, etc.
The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand, crawl, talk, hear and manipulate objects. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.
The work environment characteristics described herein are representative of those and employee typically encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Work is generally performed inside buildings including but not limited to confined spaces inside residential and commercial structures. The noise level in the field work environment is typically moderate.
The Town of Pecos City provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.