Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-0.6% (little or no change)


What Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates Do

Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.

Other Job Titles Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates May Have

District Court Judge, Judge, Magistrate, Superior Court Judge

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Director & Presiding Judge ,

City of Houston Municipal Courts

I oversee all departments of the courthouse. I ensure the Judges are on the benches and the clerks are where they need to be. I make sure our budget runs smoothly. I help conduct student tours and I oversee our Teen Court. My typical day has many twists and turns which can be challenging.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Sentence defendants in criminal cases, on conviction by jury, according to applicable government statutes.
  • Monitor proceedings to ensure that all applicable rules and procedures are followed.
  • Instruct juries on applicable laws, direct juries to deduce the facts from the evidence presented, and hear their verdicts.
  • Write decisions on cases.
  • Read documents on pleadings and motions to ascertain facts and issues.

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