The Ninth Judicial Circuit Court is a progressive trial court in Central Florida where employees make a difference. Our team of court professionals is richly diverse, with unique perspectives and ideas. We encourage teamwork and individual contribution and pride ourselves on changing attitudes and doing things better. We’re always interested in dynamic individuals who enjoy innovation, new ideas and the opportunity to serve others while leading the way to the court of tomorrow.

Position description

The Ninth Judicial Circuit Court seeks to fill a General Magistrate position available August 5, 2022. This position is OPS funded until September 30, 2022 and thereafter Orange County funded. 

The General Magistrate position is a professional, quasi-judicial position that carries a high degree of responsibility.  The Magistrate will conduct small claims pretrial conferences in accordance with Florida Small Claims Rule 7.090 and prepare proposed Orders. Additionally, the Magistrate will hear county court non-jury trials, make findings of fact, arrive at conclusions of law, and prepare reports and recommendations to the County Judges, as well as draft proposed orders. These hearings may be held virtually or in person.  This position may handle other County Civil hearings as determined necessary.

The position requires knowledge of legal principles, statutory and case law, court rules and procedures, as well as, the ability to communicate clearly, effectively, and concisely, both verbally and in writing.  The position requires the successful candidate to conduct hearings in a fair and impartial manner while keeping the proceedings orderly and within set time limits. Qualified applicants must be a member in good standing in The Florida Bar for at least five years immediately preceding employment.  The applicant must be proficient in Word and Westlaw and must be able to personally prepare his/her own documents.  The applicant must have excellent computer skills, including the ability to conduct hearings virtually through Microsoft Teams.

Salary: $92,852.00 annually as State funded OPS (Other Personnel Services) position. This position is eligible for state group health insurance coverage. OPS positions are not eligible for holiday pay, do not accrue sick or vacation leave and are not eligible to participate in the Florida Retirement System (FRS).  However, this position is scheduled to become an Orange County FTE in October, 2022 with full benefits, FRS and paid holidays and vacation leave. 

 Submit State of Florida application, Supplemental Application for Magistrate Position, cover letter, résumé, and one short writing sample, to Human Resources Department. Application Deadline: Open until filled. 

Equal opportunity employer

The Ninth Judicial Circuit Court is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability. Persons with a disability needing an accommodation for the application/selection process should notify Human Resources (407) 836‐2261 prior to the application deadline. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.

Position details
Position status: In selection process
Position #: 22093036
Closing date: Open until filled
Education: Juris Doctor
Type: OPS
FLSA: Exempt
Shift: Day
Salary: $44.64/HR
Location: Orlando, FL
Relocation: Not Available

The Ninth Circuit is a unique organization, rich with diversity and unlimited opportunity. Depending on certain circumstances, OPS employees may also be eligible for:

  • Affordable Health Benefits
  • Optional Vision, Dental, Life and Supplemental Insurance
  • Multiple Deferred Compensation Options
  • Tax Favored Spending Accounts
  • Employee Assistance Support
  • Ongoing Training and Growth Opportunities