Job Description

The City of Littleton Municipal Court has an opening for a Judge to preside over municipal court proceedings on a part-time basis. The Presiding Judge is appointed by City Council for a two-year term from the date of appointment and may be subject to reappointment. 

This is an exciting opportunity to serve as Presiding Judge in a vibrant community south of Denver that is consistently voted as one of America’s Best Small Cities, and one of Colorado’s top five places to Raise a Family. Home to a vibrant and historic downtown, and a variety of shopping venues, restaurants, parks and trails, there is a lot to offer to the wonderful people who live and work here. This position is not eligible for benefits other than sick leave. For more information, please see the 2024 Benefit Guide.

As an employee of the City of Littleton, the Presiding Judge shall:

  • Have the ability to perform services to other cities and clients and is not required to work solely for the City of Littleton.

  • Complete all training as required by the Colorado Supreme Court for municipal judges. The City of Littleton will pay for the costs of this required training. Costs of all other training is the responsibility of the employee.

Starting pay at or near $87,822 per year based on 67 hours per month and is dependent on number of hours worked. Pay to commensurate with experience and is negotiable.

This part-time position is exempt per FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation.

Work Schedule:  This part-time position is anticipated to work 60-80 hours per month. This position may be able to telework but will also be expected to work at the office in person, as needed.

Interested applicants must submit an online application and attach the following:

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter

  • List of 3-5 current professional references (references will not be contacted prior to interviews)

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until finalists are identified or the position is filled, but preference will be given to complete applications received by July 17, 2024. Those who do not apply by this date may or may not be considered.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of the Municipal Court as a separate branch of government.

  • Adjudicates traffic and municipal criminal ordinance violations for both adults and juveniles, including animal control, sales tax, and zoning violations.

  • Preside over and conduct all court phases, to include, but not limited to, arraignments, bond determinations, motion and pre-trial hearings, pre-trial dispositions, and trials to enforce traffic, criminal, zoning, and other municipal code ordinances.

  • May preside over administrative hearings.

  • Provide general direction to contract Judges as needed.

  • Stay up to date on current legislation and caselaw, as well as obtain ongoing education and training to remain current on all matters relating to municipal court proceedings.

  • Complete all training as required by the Colorado Supreme Court for municipal judges.

  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with court staff, other city departments, elected officials, other public agencies, and the public.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Juris Doctorate degree.

  • Licensed to practice law in Colorado and remains in good standing.

  • Five (5) years of experience in the practice of law and/or the bench with significant experience in matters addressed by municipal courts.

  • Must be able to pass a pre-employment criminal background check.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES:

  • Strong knowledge of municipal law and ability to preside over municipal court proceedings.

  • Ability to demonstrate and apply knowledge of the City of Littleton Municipal Code, Model Traffic Code for Colorado, Colorado Rules of Evidence, the Colorado Rules of Criminal Procedure, the Colorado Rule of Municipal Procedure, Colorado Code of Judicial Conduct, The U.S. Constitution, the State of Colorado Constitution, and the general ordinance, statutory, and case law in Colorado.

  • Sound judgment and decision making with the ability to maintain judicial impartiality and judicial temperament in all cases.

  • Strong leadership qualities with the ability to maintain a professional demeanor, maintain confidentiality, and uphold the professional stature of the Municipal Court.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with staff, attorneys, and the general public, including diverse audiences from all socio-economic backgrounds.

  • Good working knowledge of court procedures with emphasis on the rules of criminal procedure; ability to stay up to date on current legislation and caselaw and obtain ongoing education and training to remain current on all matters relating to municipal court proceedings.

  • Ability to maintain a high level of decorum in the Municipal Court.

  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with court staff, other city departments, elected officials, other public agencies, and the public.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT & PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES:

This position works in a standard office environment requiring the ability to sit for long periods of time. Physical activities required for this position include: occasionally lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling objects weighing up to 20 pounds with or without assistance. 

Equal Employment Opportunity

The City of Littleton is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and intends to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and job applicants regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other non-job related characteristic, and to hire and retain the best-qualified individuals without regard to any of these factors. This prohibition includes unlawful harassment based on a protected class.

The City of Littleton will consider reasonable accommodations throughout the recruitment process and employment. Applicants and employees can request an accommodation by contacting Human Resources at 303-795-3857 or emailing hr@littletongov.org.

 

Drug- and Alcohol-Free Workplace

The City of Littleton is committed to the health and safety of all its employees. To ensure a safe and productive work environment the city prohibits the use, sale, dispensation, manufacture, distribution or possession of alcohol, drugs, controlled substances or drug paraphernalia on any city premises or worksites. No employee shall report to work or be at work with alcohol or with any detectable amount of prohibited drugs in the employee's system. A detectable amount refers to the standards generally used in workplace drug & alcohol testing. This prohibition specifically includes marijuana, and decriminalized psychedelics whether used for medical purposes or obtained legally under state law.

Application Instructions

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