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Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin - Fall 2013

PUBLIC NOTICE Public Notice IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA IN RE: THE MATTER OF THE REAPPOINTMENTS OF HARWELL G. DAVIS, III AND JOHN E. OTT AS UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGES NOTICE The current terms of the offices of United States Magistrate Judges Harwell G. Davis, III at Huntsville, Alabama, and John E. Ott, at Birmingham, Alabama, are due to expire on March 18, 2014, and April 5, 2014, respectively. The United States District Court is required by law to establish a panel of citizens to consider the reappointments of the magistrate judges to a new eight year term. The duties of a magistrate judge in the Northern District of Alabama include the following: (1) the trial and disposition of virtually all categories of civil actions with consent of the parties in accord with 28 U.S.C. § 636(c); (2) the trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; (3) pursuant to the court’s General Orders of Reference, presiding over all aspects of civil cases, through the entry of a recommendation for final disposition under 28 U.S.C. § 636(b); (4) ruling on various pretrial matters and holding evidentiary proceedings on references from the district court judges made in addition to the general orders, including discovery issues and other non-dispositive motions; (5) conducting settlement conference or mediation in civil actions by reference; (6) perform such other duties as set out in LR 72.1 through 73.2, Rules of the Northern District of Alabama and the court’s General Orders of Reference; (7) conducting preliminary proceedings in felony criminal cases, including initial appearances, bond/detention hearings, and arraignments; (8) issuing warrants of arrest, search warrants and warrants in administrative actions. (9) ruling on all non-dispositive motions in felony criminal cases or entering findings and recommendations with respect to dispositive criminal motions such as motions to dismiss or to suppress evidence; and (10) conducting preliminary reviews and making recommendations regarding the disposition of prisoner civil rights complaints and habeas corpus petitions. Conducting such evidentiary proceedings as may be required in prisoner and habeas corpus actions. Comments from members of the bar and the public are invited as to whether the incumbent magistrate judges should be recommended by the panel for reappointment by the court and should be directed to: Sharon N. Harris, Clerk of Court United States District Court Northern District of Alabama 1729 Fifth Avenue North Birmingham, Alabama 35203 Comments must be received by November 1, 2013. 14 Birmingham Bar Association


Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin - Fall 2013
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