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The Middle District is accepting applications for a Magistrate Judge vacancy in the Tampa Division.

Monday, April 17, 2023

United States District Court
Middle District of Florida

Public Notice for the Appointment of a Magistrate Judge

The Middle District of Florida will appoint a full-time magistrate judge for the Tampa Division. The annual salary is $213,992. The term of office is eight years. The magistrate judge's residence and duty station will be in the Tampa Division.

The Middle District utilizes magistrate judges to the maximum extent permissible under 28 U.S.C. § 636. The minimum qualifications for appointment as a magistrate judge are established in § 631(b) and in Chapter 1 of the Regulations of the Judicial Conference establishing standards and procedures for the appointment of United States magistrate judges. An article further describing the duties and qualifications of the position can be found on the Court’s website at

A merit selection panel, consisting of lawyers and other members of the community, will review each application. After an interview of selected applicants, the panel will recommend to the district judges the five applicants whom the panel considers best qualified. The district court will interview the five finalists but will appoint the new magistrate judge only after a satisfactory FBI full-field investigation and IRS tax check. The appointee must comply with the financial disclosure requirements of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, 5 U.S.C. app. 4 §§ 101-111. Due consideration will be given to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, age, gender, religion, national origin, or disability. 

Each applicant must submit a completed application, available on the Court's website, and a recent and in-depth writing sample to by 5:00 p.m. on June 2, 2023. Any letters of recommendation (which are not required and should be limited to no more than three) must be attached to the application.

Unless the applicant consents to additional disclosure, only the members of the selection panel, the district judges, and necessary court staff will view the applications. The selection panel’s and the district judges’ deliberation will remain confidential.



April 17, 2023