Status of Magistrate Judge Positions and Appointments — Judicial Business 2021
During this fiscal year, 76 appointments of full-time magistrate judges were made, including 40 new appointments and 36 reappointments. Seven individuals were appointed to part-time magistrate judge positions, including one new appointment and six reappointments. In addition, 85 retired magistrate judges were recalled to service under 28 U.S.C. § 636(h).
The following information is provided pursuant to the reporting requirement of 28 U.S.C. § 604(d)(3). The average age of new appointees to full-time magistrate judge positions was 50 years. New full-time appointees had been members of the bar for an average of 23 years at the time of appointment. Of the new full-time magistrate judges, at the time of their appointments, 15 had been assistant United States attorneys, 14 had been in private practice, 2 had been law clerks, 2 had been assistant federal public defenders, 1 had been a part-time United States magistrate judge, 1 had been a state court judge, 1 had been an administrative law judge, 1 had been both an assistant United States attorney and a major general in the United States Air Force Reserve, 1 had been a pro se staff attorney, 1 had been a senior counsel, and 1 had been a deputy superintendent in state government.
Through September 2021, the Judicial Conference authorized 561 full-time magistrate judge positions, 25 part-time positions, and 2 combination clerk/magistrate judge positions.
For data on magistrate judge positions, see Table 12.
|Year||Total1||Full Time||Part Time||Combination2||Recalled Judges|
1 Total does not include recalled magistrate judges.
2 According to 28 U.S.C. § 631(c), with the approval of the Judicial Conference, a clerk or deputy clerk of a court may be appointed as a part-time magistrate judge.