July 2, 2021
As the court system seeks to return to its new post-pandemic normal, DSB&C remains committed to legal excellence in representing clients. The goal in litigated cases is to obtain the fair and just determination in every case. In Federal Court, consent to a magistrate judge may be a tactical advantage to consider. 28 U.S.C. Chapter 43 sets forth the qualifications, training, and jurisdiction of a magistrate judge. Appointment of a magistrate judge is made without regard to political affiliation and must be confirmed by the district court judges. The statute ensures only the most experienced and highest caliber are selected. Consenting to a magistrate judge allows all issues of the case to be developed and determined by one judge rather than the usual practice of proceeding before the magistrate judge for discovery issues and the district judge for trial.
Because magistrate judges do not preside over felony criminal trials, they have greater flexibility in scheduling deadlines and trial. This affords greater opportunity to uncover complex factual issues and delve into the intricacies of legal causation and damages. Consent to the magistrate judge helps the court system to utilize its resources as efficiently as possible while ensuring proficient and highly qualified judgeship from inception to resolution of a case. The attorneys at DSB&C are experienced in all aspects of federal court litigation. Our attorneys consider the client’s right to proceed before a magistrate judge and provide thoughtful recommendations on a case-specific basis.
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