Night Court Magistrate Job Posting

Job Announcement

Part-Time “Fill-in” Magistrate/Judicial Commissioner
for Davidson County General Sessions Night Court

Work Schedule

There are 5 “Full-Time” Judicial Commissioners who rotate working eight-hour shifts 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Their work shifts are 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., and 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. In addition, there are 5 “Power Shift” Judicial Commissioners who rotate working five-hour shifts 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Their work shifts are 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

The “Fill-In” Judicial Commissioner will be called upon to work either a full shift or only part of a shift whenever a Full-Time or Power Shift Magistrate is absent and cannot work when scheduled. Fill-In Judicial Commissioners are paid by the hour. There are no set hours. Absent extraordinary circumstances, candidates for this position are expected to be available and willing to work when called upon even on short notice.

Principal Duties

Conduct probable cause hearings and issue criminal warrants and set bail bonds.

Conduct video hearings involving arrestees holding in the Downtown Detention Center, the Police Domestic Violence Unit, or the Sheriff’s Mobile Booking Unit. Video hearings are also conducted with the Jean Crowe Advocacy Center and the Metro Office of Family Safety.

Conduct probable cause hearings with psychiatric facilities for emergency mental health committals.

Process petitions for orders of protection and issue temporary ex parte orders of protection.

Issue property seizure warrants upon probable cause being established.

Issue search warrants during non-regular business hours or sometimes during regular business hours if a General Sessions Judge is not available upon request of the Metro Police Department.

Minimum Qualifications
Must have the same qualifications as a Davidson County General Sessions Judge which is the following: must be 30 years old, have a law degree, licensed to practice law in Tennessee for not less than 5 years, a Tennessee resident for 5 years and a current Davidson County resident.
Must maintain the physical stamina and mental capabilities such as thinking, perceiving and remembering to perform the duties required.
Must abide by and be in good standing with ethical standards and the disciplinary rules in the Rules of Professional Conduct pursuant to Rule 8 of the Tennessee Supreme Court Rules.
Personal computer skills are necessary to operate Metro’s Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) and Davidson County’s E-Filing System.
Recognize and understand that the Tennessee Rules of Judicial Conduct apply when serving in this judicial capacity.

Pre-Employment Requirements

Must successfully complete training program (up to 30 hours) that includes training in CJIS, ARMS (Arrest System), E-Flex (E-Filing System), probable cause, pre-trial/bail setting, judicial ethics, domestic violence, orders of protection, search warrants, forfeiture warrants, mental health committals, and other areas.

After classroom training, there will be shadowing assignments for all 3 full-time shifts in an observing role for 2 hours each shift and assume primary duty for 2 hours during different shifts with oversight from on-duty commissioner.

Complete training program and shadowing could take up to 6 – 8 weeks.

Candidates will be required to sign a Release and Authorization form which would authorize the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility to release disciplinary records to Metro General Sessions Court for their review

Compensation: $50.51 per hour or base rate of full-time position

Interested Qualified Applicants should send resume to
General Sessions Court Administrator Kyle Sowell

Email address:

Mailing address: 408 Second Avenue, North
Suite 1140
P. O. Box 196300
Nashville, TN 37219-6300

Resume Submittal Deadline
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 @ 12:00 noon