Substitute Judge (Temporary)

Position Information

Position Information

Posting Title Substitute Judge (Temporary)
Job Requisition Number COA077848
Position Number T73002
Job Type Part-Time
Division Name Municipal Court
Minimum Qualifications

Education and/or Equivalent Experience:

    Graduation from an accredited school of law plus two (2) years of experience as a practicing attorney in the State of Texas.

    Residency in the City of Austin for a period of not less than two (2) years immediately preceding appointment is required.

Licenses or Certifications Required: Member in good standing State Bar of Texas

Notes to Applicants

The City Council will appoint Substitute Judges to the Municipal Court for the 2018 – 2022 term.

Please note that while this position is not covered under Municipal Civil Service, it will supervise employees who are cover by the City’s Municipal Civil Service Rules. Click Here for the City’s Municipal Civil Service Rules

In addition to the Essential Functions listed in the Duties, Functions, and Responsibilities Section, this position will also perform the following:

  • Advise defendants of their constitutional and Vienna Convention rights.
  • Explain general procedures of bond.
  • Determine if indigent defendants wish to request a court-appointed attorney.
  • Inform defendants of immigration (ICE) holds.
  • Provide magistration of defendants in custody at Brackenridge or other area hospitals.
  • Review requests for personal recognizance (“PR”) bonds.
  • Set conditions of bond such as GPS/ankle monitors, ignition interlocks, SCRAM alcohol monitoring devices, counseling, drug and alcohol testing, stay away and no contact orders.
  • Review and issue Emergency Protective Orders.
  • Magistrate defendants too ill to be transported to the courtroom in the detox or medical posts.
  • Take pleas and set up payment or community service plans for defendants with Class C citations.
  • Remand defendants when appropriate to satisfy outstanding fees and fines on Class C matters.

Additional Essay Requirement:

Please prepare an essay addressing the following:

‘’The City Council recently passed Resolution 20171214-060 outlining their goals and objectives for the Municipal Court. Please describe how you see your role as a Municipal Judge in implementing these goals.’’

Attach your essay to your application in the Optional & Required Applicant Documents section by selecting “Other Document”.

Note: Your application will not be complete and you cannot be considered a candidate unless the essay is attached.

Pay Range

Salary is set by the City Council at time of appointment.


Varies. This is a Temporary position. There is no guarantee to a set amount of hours.

Job Close Date
Type of Posting External
Department Municipal Court
Regular/Temporary Temporary
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Professional
Location 700 E. 7th, Austin, TX 78701
Preferred Qualifications

Two years experience in criminal law preferred.

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities

Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Preside at bench and jury trials, supervise courtroom personnel during trials, and draft jury charges.
  2. Preside at pre-trial and post-trial hearings.
  3. Review probable cause affidavits and search warrants for all range of criminal offenses.
  4. Preside at appearance dockets including traffic, misdemeanor, attorney appearance, city code/environmental, and show cause hearings.
  5. Review plea bargains negotiated between prosecutors and defendants/defense counsel.
  6. Preside at administrative appeals.
  7. Preside at “safe harbor” (walk-in) court.
  8. Perform duties of a magistrate enumerated in the Texas Code of Criminal procedure Art. 15.17.

Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised: Limited supervision of courtroom staff.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

  • Knowledge of judicial procedures.
  • Knowledge of civil and criminal law.
  • Knowledge of the municipal codes and state laws.
  • Knowledge of applicable processes, techniques, and methods.
  • Knowledge of Federal, State, Local laws, and ordinances as it applies to this position.
  • Knowledge of city practice, policy, and procedures.
  • Skill in effective oral and/or written communication.
  • Skill in organizing, interpreting and applying legal principles to complex legal problems.
  • Skill in handling conflict and uncertain situations.
  • Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
  • Skill in using computers and related software applications.
  • Skill in data analysis and problem solving.
  • Ability to apply knowledge of criminal/civil law.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective communication and working relationships with city employees and the public.
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.
  • Ability to work as assigned. (Substitute judges are scheduled for shifts not regularly covered or temporarily vacated by associate judges – unless specifically stated by Council Ordinance, there is no guarantee of assignments)

Does this job require a criminal background investigation? This position requires a criminal background investigation

City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * The minimum qualifications for this position are: Graduation from an accredited school of law plus two (2) years of experience as a practicing attorney in the State of Texas. Residency in the City of Austin for a period of not less than two (2) years immediately preceding appointment is required. In addition, must be a member in good standing with the State Bar of Texas. Do you meet these requirements?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How many years of experience do you have practicing criminal law?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Have you first chaired pre-trial hearings?
    • Yes.
    • No.
  4. * How many pre-trial hearings have you first (1st) chaired?

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Have you appeared before the Austin Municipal Court or another Municipal Court?
    • Yes.
    • No.
  6. * Describe any experience you have had appearing before the Austin Municipal Court or another municipal court?

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * Are you board certified in criminal law?
    • Yes.
    • No.
  8. * List any significant criminal law CLE's you have attended in the last two years.

    (Open Ended Question)

  9. * Do you have any experience working with pro se defendants in criminal matters?
    • Yes.
    • No.
  10. * Describe any experience you have working with pro se defendants in criminal matters.

    (Open Ended Question)

  11. * Do you have experience examining probable cause?
    • Yes.
    • No.
  12. * Describe your experience examining probable cause.

    (Open Ended Question)

  13. * Describe your familiarity of criminal procedure and the penal code.

    (Open Ended Question)

  14. * Have you 1st chaired any criminal jury trials?
    • Yes.
    • No.
  15. * How many criminal jury trials have you 1st chaired?

    (Open Ended Question)

  16. * Have you 1st chaired any criminal bench trials?
    • Yes.
    • No.
  17. * How many criminal bench trials have you 1st chaired?

    (Open Ended Question)

  18. * Describe your knowledge and training with the Judicial Cannons of Conduct as applicable to municipal court judges.

    (Open Ended Question)

  19. * If selected for this position, do you intend to practice criminal law outside of Travis County?
    • Yes.
    • No.
  20. * If identified as a top candidate, do you agree to a Criminal Background Investigation (CBI)?
    • Yes
    • No
  21. * The City Charter states that a judge of the municipal court "shall have resided in the City for a period of not less than two (2) years immediately preceding his or her appointment." As of April 26, 2018, will you have resided in the City of Austin for 2 consecutive years?
    • Yes.
    • No

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Other Document
Optional Documents