FAMILY LAW MAGISTRATE
Family Law Magistrates (Magistrates) perform work of a highly responsible nature in compliance with the provisions of 4 M.R.S.A. §183 and rules promulgated by the Supreme Judicial Court. This position is primarily assigned to Aroostook County, but may be assigned anywhere in the state.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS *
- In all proceedings on the domestic relations calendar involving minor children, Magistrates may:
- Conduct case management conferences or hearings;
- Issue case management and pre-trial orders;
- Issue interim child support orders;
- Issue final orders establishing or modifying child support;
- Issue orders in child support enforcement actions.
- In uncontested proceedings or when the parties have reached agreement, Magistrates may:
- Hear, dispose of, and enter orders on all motions, except as prohibited by statute, rule or administrative order. Ensure the provision of effective case management for family cases involving children.
- Issue divorce judgments;
- Issue paternity judgments;
- Issue judicial separation decrees;
- Issue interim and final orders establishing parental rights and responsibilities;
- Facilitate parenting arrangements in the best interest of children at an early stage in the proceedings.
- Promote education for parties about parenting issues and inform litigants about community services available to help address family problems.
- Provide court users with information about court processes.
- Identify domestic relations cases in which there is domestic abuse or a power imbalance in order to protect children and adults and to ensure a fair resolution of cases.
- Amend the parental rights and responsibilities and parent-child contact provisions of a Protection from Abuse Order to make them consistent with the provisions of a subsequently entered order in a family matters proceeding.
- Make referrals to alternative dispute resolution services.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Chief Judge.
The above list is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees in this classification. A position may not be assigned all the duties listed, nor do the listed examples include all the duties that may be assigned.
SKILLS, EXPERIENCE, TRAINING, EDUCATION
- Current member of the Maine Bar.
- Substantial experience, knowledge, and training in family law preferred.
- Substantial experience, knowledge, and training in domestic violence, child development, and family dynamics preferred.
- Substantial experience, knowledge, and training in mediation and other alternative dispute resolution techniques preferred.
- Substantial experience, knowledge, and training in the principles of case management preferred.
- Ability to communicate effectively with the general public both orally and in writing.
- Excellent writing and listening skills.
- Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with others within the Judicial Branch including judges, clerks, and Family Division staff.
- Strong decision making skills. In particular, the ability to expeditiously decide cases and to determine the proper case management technique.
- Skill in managing a large and diverse workload.
- Ability to treat parties and counsel impartially and respectfully while maintaining control over proceedings.
- In-state travel required and may include overnights. Travel and work in more than one District Court region may be required.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS (include but are not limited to:)
Physical and mental ability to perform tasks in an office or court room environment requiring frequent and/or sustained periods of standing, sitting, walking; bending; reaching above or below desk level. May require ability to lift or move up to 10 pounds. Hearing ability sufficient to communicate efficiently and effectively with public and court staff. Vision, dexterity, coordination and cognitive ability sufficient to use telephone, key board, computer and other office systems and equipment efficiently. Cognitive, intellectual and mental ability to concentrate on details and/or perform more than one complex task at a time and to handle diverse pressures related to requests and needs of those using court system services. Cognitive and mental ability to work and communicate effectively with co-workers and all levels of court personnel.
- External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation, to be determined based on individual assessment.
Salary Information: Annual salary $102,960.00 Full-time plus generous fringe benefits.
This posting will remain open until February 27, 2021. Cover letter and resume required. Only online applications will be accepted. https://www.courts.maine.gov/about/jobs.html.
The Judicial Branch is an EEO/AA employer.