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Eastern District of Texas

Honorable Rodney Gilstrap, Chief Judge
David A. O'Toole, Clerk of Court

Magistrate Judge

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The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized appointment of a full-time United States
magistrate judge for the Eastern District of Texas at Sherman. The essential function of courts is to
dispense justice. An important component of this function is the creation and maintenance of diversity in
the court system. A community's belief that a court dispenses justice is heightened when the court reflects
the community's racial, ethnic, and gender diversity.

The duties of the position are demanding and wide-ranging. They include: conducting (1) most
preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; (2) trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; (3) various
pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from a district judge; and (4) trial and
disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants. The basic authority of a United States magistrate
judge is specified in 28 U.S.C. § 636

5:00 p.m. CST on Friday, September 16, 2022