Southern Indiana District Court taking applications for potential magistrate judge vacancy

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana is taking applications for a second magistrate judge vacancy that could be created if Magistrate Judge Doris Pryor is confirmed to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Already the federal court has been taking applications to fill the upcoming magistrate judge vacancy that will be created Oct. 31 when Magistrate Judge Debra McVicker Lynch retires.

With the nomination of Pryor to the appellate bench, the Southern Indiana District Court has received authorization from the Judicial Conference of the United States to appoint another full-time magistrate judge contingent upon Pryor’s confirmation.

A public notice has been issued for the potential Pryor position, with applications due by 4:30 p.m. July 8.

Individuals who applied for Lynch’s vacancy who wish to be considered for Pryor’s possible vacancy should only submit a cover letter stating they want to be put in the pool of Pryor candidates. New applicants who did not apply for Lynch’s vacancy must follow the application instructions set forth in the public notice.

Application forms and more information on the magistrate judge position in the Southern Indiana District Court can be obtained in the clerk’s office in Indianapolis, New Albany, Evansville or Terre Haute. Also, the forms and information are available on the court’s website.

U.S. magistrate judges are appointed by district court judges for a term of eight years and are eligible for reappointment to successive terms.

Earlier this year, Magistrate Judge Mario Garcia and Clerk of Court Roger A.G. Sharpe hosted a webinar, “Understanding the Position of a U.S. Magistrate Judge.” The virtual event provided an overview of the daily responsibilities of a federal magistrate judge as well as information and insights into the application process.

Anyone interested in viewing a recording of the webinar should send their name and email address to [email protected]

Questions about the magistrate judge position or the webinar should be referred to Sharpe at [email protected] or 317-229-3700.

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