CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Judges and Magistrates

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Legal
Job Family: Law
Benchmark Title: Judges and Magistrates
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. Instruct juries on applicable laws, direct juries to deduce the facts from the evidence presented, and hear their verdicts.
 
Sentence defendants in criminal cases, on conviction by jury, according to applicable government statutes.
 
Rule on admissibility of evidence and methods of conducting testimony.
 
Preside over hearings and listen to allegations made by plaintiffs to determine whether the evidence supports the charges.
 
Read documents on pleadings and motions to ascertain facts and issues.
 
Interpret and enforce rules of procedure or establish new rules in situations where there are no procedures already established by law.
 
Monitor proceedings to ensure that all applicable rules and procedures are followed.
 
Advise attorneys, juries, litigants, and court personnel regarding conduct, issues, and proceedings.
 
Research legal issues and write opinions on the issues.
 
Conduct preliminary hearings to decide issues such as whether there is reasonable and probable cause to hold defendants in felony cases.
 
Write decisions on cases.
 
Award compensation for damages to litigants in civil cases in relation to findings by juries or by the court.
 
Settle disputes between opposing attorneys.
 
Supervise other judges, court officers, and the court's administrative staff.
 
Impose restrictions upon parties in civil cases until trials can be held.
 
Rule on custody and access disputes, and enforce court orders regarding custody and support of children.
 
Grant divorces and divide assets between spouses.
 
Participate in judicial tribunals to help resolve disputes.
 
Perform wedding ceremonies.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Legal
Job Family: Law
Benchmark Title: Judges and Magistrates
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
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.
 
Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
 
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
 
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Legal
Job Family: Law
Benchmark Title: Judges and Magistrates
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
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.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Legal
Job Family: Law
Benchmark Title: Judges and Magistrates
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Legal
Job Family: Law
Benchmark Title: Judges and Magistrates
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Doctoral Degree
 
Related Work Experience Over 10 years
 
On-the-Job Training None or short demonstration
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Legal
Job Family: Law
Benchmark Title: Judges and Magistrates
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Administrative Court Justice
Circuit Court Judge
Circuit Court Magistrate
City Magistrate
County Court Judge
County Judge
Court of Appeals Judge
Criminal Court Judge
Criminal Judge
District Court Judge
District Court Justice
Federal Judge
Judge
Jurist
Justice
Justice of the Peace
Legal Referee
Magistrate
Master in Chancery
Municipal Court Magistrate
Police Judge
Police Justice
Police Magistrate
Presiding Judge
Probate Judge
Superior Court Judge
Trial Court Judge
Trial Court Justice
Trial Judge
Trial Justice
Tribal Judge
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Legal
Job Family: Law
Benchmark Title: Judges and Magistrates
 
 
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