Iowa JNC

Commission Procedures for Nominating Magistrates

Process for Appointment of Magistrate

The process begins when a magistrate submits a retirement letter to the chief judge in the district. The death of a magistrate or the end of a four-year term also begins the process. 

The commission chair publishes a notice of the vacancy in the official county newspaper and the commission accepts applications for a minimum of 15 days. After the notification period, but within 30 days after notice of the vacancy, the commission interviews the applicants and selects one person, by majority vote, to fill the vacancy.

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