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Professional Regulation

Magistrate Application and Screening Process



 

Overview

Justices of the Peace (Magistrates) are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Delaware Senate. The Governor’s Magistrate Screening Committee screens applicants who wish to be considered for possible appointment.

The first step in the process is to submit an application. Applicants must reside in Delaware. All applicants who previously applied must re-apply. See How to File Application section below.

The next step in the screening process is to take an examination.  Applicants who are selected to progress to the next step will take a second examination. Applicants who are selected from the second examination will be scheduled for an interview before the Governor’s Magistrate Screening Committee. If selected for the final phase of the screening process, applicants will be required to obtain a criminal background check at their own expense.

At the conclusion of the screening process, the Committee submits a roster of recommended candidates for the Governor’s consideration in the event that a Justice of the Peace vacancy occurs.

 

Justice of the Peace (Magistrate) Position

The Justice of the Peace (Magistrate) is a full-time position entailing 8-hour rotating shifts to handle arraignments and other court proceedings on a 24-hour-a-day basis, including weekends and holidays. The initial term is four years, and the annual starting salary is $74,488. For more information, see Job Description.

 

How to File Application

You must reside in Delaware.

  • Send the application, Questionnaire, and resume to:

The Governor’s Magistrate Screening Committee
Division of Professional Regulation
861 Silver Lake Blvd., Suite 203
Dover, DE 19904

Applications that are incomplete, unsigned, not notarized, or submitted without the resume will not be accepted.

Applications must be postmarked no later than June 21, 2017. Applications postmarked after that date will be returned without further consideration.

 

Magistrate Examination I

The next step in the screening process is a written examination. Magistrate Exam I will measure attributes associated with successfully performing the duties of a magistrate.  These include reading comprehension, judgment and reasoning, general mental ability and critical thinking.

If your application is accepted, the Division of Professional Regulation will email you instructions on registering for the examination. You must pay a registration fee of $55.00 at the time of the registration.

Magistrate Exam I will be given on Saturday, August 12, 2017, 9:00 a.m. at the Delaware Technical Community College Campus in the county where you live. If you cannot take the examination on this date, it will not be rescheduled.

You must:

  • arrive no later than 8:30 a.m.
  • bring a goverment-issued photo ID (e.g., driver’s license or State ID)

The examination will conclude by approximately 12:00 p.m.

 

Magistrate Exam II

Applicants who are selected to progress to the next step will be required to take a second examination. Magistrate Exam II measures personality styles as they relate to the work environment. If you are selected for Magistrate Exam II, the Division of Professional Regulation will email you instructions on registering. A registration fee of $35.00 will be required at the time of registration.

Magistrate Exam II will be given on Thursday, August 17, 2017, 6:00 p.m. at the Delaware Technical Community College Campus in the county where you live. If you cannot take the examination on this date, it will not be rescheduled.

You must:

  • arrive no later than 5:30 p.m.
  • bring a government-issued photo ID (e.g., driver’s license or State ID)

The examination will conclude by approximately 7:30 p.m.

 

Interview and Criminal Background Check

Following the examinations, the Governor’s Magistrate Screening Committee will notify applicants whether they have been selected to advance to the next step of the screening process.

If selected to advance…

  • You will be scheduled for an appointment to appear for an interview with the Governor’s Magistrate Screening Committee. The Committee will conduct the interviews in each county.
  • You will be required to voluntarily submit to a criminal background check at your own expense. However, do not request a background check until notified to do so. If requested to obtain a criminal background check, the notice will include instructions for doing so. The cost will be $65.

Following the interview, the Governor’s Magistrate Screening Committee will notify each applicant whether or not it has recommended the applicant to the Governor as a candidate for possible appointment to the position.

 

Contact Information

Mailing Address: The Governor’s Magistrate Screening Committee
861 Silver Lake Boulevard
Cannon Building, Suite 203
Dover, DE 19904
Phone: (302) 744-4500
Email: customerservice.dpr@state.de.us

 

 


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