Notice In Re: Magistrate Judge Johnson Reappointment

Thursday, July 13, 2017

United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia In Re: Reappointment of Walter E. Johnson as United States Magistrate Judge

The current term of office of United States Magistrate Judge Walter E. Johnson at Rome, Georgia expires on March 17, 2018.

The duties of a magistrate judge in the Northern District of Georgia include the following:

  1. Trial and disposition of virtually all categories of civil actions with consent of the parties in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(c); 
  2. Pursuant to the court’s standing orders In Re: Referral and Assignment of Civil Cases and Matters to Magistrate Judges, presiding over all aspects of civil cases through the entry of a recommendation for final disposition under 28 U.S.C. § 636(b);
  3. Ruling on various pretrial matters and holding evidentiary proceedings on references from the district court judges made in addition to the standing orders, including discovery issues and other non-dispositive motions;
  4. Conducting settlement conferences or mediation in civil actions by reference;
  5. Conducting preliminary proceedings in felony criminal cases, including initial appearances, bond/detention hearings, and arraignments;
  6. Issuing warrants of arrest, search warrants, and warrants in administrative actions;
  7. Ruling on all non-dispositive motions in felony criminal cases and entering findings and recommendations as to dispositive criminal motions, such as motions to dismiss or to suppress evidence;
  8. Conducting preliminary reviews and making recommendations regarding the disposition of prisoner civil rights complaints and habeas corpus petitions;
  9. Conducting such evidentiary proceedings as may be required in prisoner and habeas corpus actions; and
  10. Performing such other duties as set out in the Local Rules of the Northern District of Georgia.

The United States District Court, as required by law, has established a panel of citizens to consider the reappointment of the magistrate judges to new eight-year terms. Comments from members of the bar and the public are invited as to whether the panel should recommend Magistrate Judge Johnson for reappointment by the court. Please direct comments to:

Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel
c/o James N. Hatten, District Court Executive
United States District Court
Northern District of Georgia
2211 United States Courthouse
75 Ted Turner Drive, SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

Comments must be received by 4:45 p.m. on August 18, 2017.