The current term of the office of United States Magistrate Judge Hal R. Ray, Jr. at Fort Worth is due to expire on June 23, 2024. The United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas is required by law to establish a panel of citizens to consider the reappointment of the magistrate judge to a new eight-year term.
Duties of a magistrate judge position, include, but are not limited to, the following:
- conducting preliminary proceedings in criminal cases;
- presiding over misdemeanor cases;
- conducting various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on referral of the judges of the district court; and
- presiding over civil cases upon consent of the litigants.
Written comments from members of the bar and the public are invited as to whether the incumbent magistrate judge should be recommended by the panel for reappointment by the court. Comments should be sent to:
Clerk of Court
United States District Court
Northern District of Texas
1100 Commerce Street, Room 1452
Dallas, Texas 75242
Comments must be received no later than Monday, October 16, 2023.