Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Hearing Officer Position

Thursday, February 15, 2018 10:42 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

Department:  Magistrate

Starting Salary:  $80,369.32

Pay Frequency:  Annually

Pay Grade:  35

Position Number:  22010619 / 22010620

State Funded Position


This position is responsible professional legal work calendaring and conducting hearings and make determinations on child support matters referred for hearing by family court judges. The Hearing Officer takes and evaluates evidence and testimony from witnesses and technical experts, uses that information in making findings of fact, conclusions of law and recommendations for the family court judges. The Hearing Officer is responsible for setting referred cases for hearing, conducting hearings, making determinations on cases, and preparing reports and recommendations with accompanying orders for the referring judge’s signature. This position reports directly to the Chief Judge or a designee.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduate from an accredited law school, membership in good standing in the Florida Bar and five years of experience in the practice of law including at least one year of experience in family law.

Essential Duties

The selected candidate will review judge’s orders of referral and conducts legal research in preparation for hearing family law cases, schedule cases and conducts hearings in compliance with applicable regulations and laws; gathers data in the form of documentary evidence and testimony. This person will review reports and recommendations submitted by attorneys and considers related research and information presented at hearings to make case determination; in the form of recommended orders and reports to the courts. The hearing officer takes and evaluates evidence and testimony from witnesses and technical experts and uses that in making legal factual recommendations. Also makes ruling on pre-trial and post judgement motions including discovery, dismissal and motions for relief, clarification and re-hearings.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

The ideal candidate will have knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply Florida statutes, case law and Florida rules of Court. Knowledge of the rules of evidence and the ability to take evidence. Ability to work with litigants who are in stressful situations. Possess a professional, collaborative, and upbeat approach to their work and leadership style. Effective communication and interpersonal skills, both verbal and written, the ability to prioritize and work under tight deadlines are essential to success in the role. Applicants must have strong analytical and problem solving skills, attention to detail and advanced proficiency with and Microsoft Office Suite and JVS or other case management system. Must have a demonstrated ability to interact with a diverse set of people in an open and friendly manner.

How to Apply

Each completed package shall include the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Brief writing sample, between three and five pages in length
  • Supplemental to Application for Position of Magistrate. Download application.pdf.png
  • State of Florida Application. Download applicationpdf.png

The application package must be submitted to: Chief of Personnel, Tammy Anton, at


Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will continue to be received until 5:00 PM on Friday, March 2, 2018. Submission of an application does not guarantee the applicant an interview. Applicants will be subject to a criminal background check. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate against any of the protected classes.

If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in the interviewing process once selected, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Tammy Anton, Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator, Palm Beach County Courthouse, 205 North Dixie Highway West Palm Beach, Florida 33401; telephone number (561) 355-4380 at least 7 days before your scheduled either in-person or telephonic interview; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call “711.”

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