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Comment on Magistrate Judge Reappointments

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The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California is seeking input from members of the bar and public on the reappointment of two magistrate judges whose terms are expiring next year – Magistrate Judges Barbara L. Major and Karen S. Crawford.

The court is required by law to establish a panel of citizens to consider the reappointment of magistrate judges to new eight-year terms. The duties of a magistrate judge include the following: (1) to conduct most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; (2) to preside over trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; (3) to conduct discovery and settlement matters in civil cases; (4) to preside over trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants; and (5) to perform such other duties as may be assigned by the district court in accordance with applicable laws.

Comments from members of the bar and public are invited as to whether the incumbent magistrate judges should be recommended by the panel for reappointment by the court. All comments will be held in confidence, and the identity of those who submit comments will not be made known to the incumbent magistrate judges. Comments should be directed in writing to Nadia Bermudez at the Klinedinst PC, 501 W. Broadway, Suite 600, San Diego, CA 92101. Comments must be received by July 27, 2019.

For more information please review General Order 711 on the court’s website:

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