Attorney Referee at Ottawa County

Ottawa County


Mid Level

West Olive, MI 49460, USA

$75.634 - $101.308

17 Nov → 17 Dec

Job Description

Under the direction of the Circuit Court Administrator, serves as referee in a variety of hearings in domestic relations, juvenile delinquency, abuse and neglect, termination of parental rights/adoption and emancipation matters. Conducts paternity arraignments and evidentiary hearings on motions regarding support and/or parenting time. Conducts preliminary hearings and inquiries, evidentiary hearings, adjudications, dispositional hearings, and review hearings in cases where juveniles are charged with offenses, which are classified as misdemeanors or felonies by the Michigan criminal code, or violations of city/county ordinances or probation orders. Holds preliminary hearings in cases of alleged child abuse.

This is a full-time, benefited position working at the Ottawa County Courthouse in Grand Haven and the Family/Probate Court in West Olive based on docket requirements.

Licenses and Certifications:
Must be licensed to practice law in the State of Michigan and a member in good standing of the Michigan Bar Association.

Additional Requirements and Information

The qualified candidate will have the following knowledge and skills:

Thorough working knowledge of family and domestic relations law.
Thorough working knowledge of the structure and operations of the juvenile justice system.
Thorough working knowledge of the available community services related to Domestic Neglect/Abuse, and Juvenile cases.
Thorough working knowledge of Michigan Juvenile Justice Benchbook, The Michigan Probate Code (Act 288 of 1939), and the Michigan Criminal Code (Act 125 of 1927).
Thorough working knowledge of the Federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) of 1974, as amended.
Thorough working knowledge of the Michigan Court Rules.
Thorough working knowledge of alternative dispute resolution principles and practices.
Thorough working knowledge of legal writing and legal research methods and resources.
Thorough working knowledge of the American Bar Association canon of ethics and standards of professional practice.
Computer literacy and familiarity with word-processing, spreadsheet, database management and other applications software.
Excellent interpersonal and human relations skills.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to interact positively and objectively with juveniles, parents, step-parents, guardians, Child Protective Services representatives, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, law enforcement officers, officers of the court, and members of the general public from a wide range of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds and with varying levels of interpersonal communications skills.

Physical Requirements:
Must be able to perform essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodations, including, but not limited to, visual and/or audiological appliances and devices to increase mobility.

Working Conditions:
Work is generally performed in a normal office environment and in the courtroom. On call duties require some work at home and on a mobile device. Adjudication of family and domestic relations cases involves some risk from unpredictable behavior of emotionally distraught or aggressive parties.

Ottawa County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Responsibilities

  • Conducts domestic relations hearings, including paternity arraignments and hearings on motions for child support and parenting time that have been filed by the parties or by the Friend of the Court, and drafts recommended court orders for judicial review and approval based on testimony, findings of fact, statutes and judicial precedent.
  • Presides at adjudicatory, evidentiary, motion, dispositional, probation violation, dispositional review and a variety of other juvenile delinquency hearings, hearings for termination of parental rights and hearings for emancipation of minors.
  • Ensures that statutory requirements have been met, advises parties of the nature of the hearing and their rights, and determines the need for appointment of counsel in juvenile delinquency, abuse and neglect, termination of parental rights, and consent to adopt proceedings.
  • Conducts preliminary hearings and inquiries for juvenile petitions and abuse and neglect matters; complies with 24-hour rule for hearings for juveniles held in Detention pending adjudication of petitions.
  • Reviews authorizations for detention on a 24-hour a day basis based on statutory requirements for detaining juveniles.
  • Hears emergency petitions to detain juveniles, Child Protective Services petitions for removal, and other matters on a 24-hour on-call basis.
  • Rules on motions, objections, and procedural questions, makes determination and findings of fact, determines bond and/or conditions for release from detention.
  • Grants or denies restricted driving privileges for youth whose licenses have been suspended.
  • Serves as a staff attorney to the Court, providing consultation and guidance on legal procedures and requirements to other staff.
  • Performs legal research and drafts memoranda relating to Circuit Court Family Division proceedings.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Requirements / Qualifications

  • Juris Doctorate or Bachelor of Law degree from accredited school of law combined with three (3) years of professional practice in family/juvenile law and domestic relations law.

  • Computer literacy

  • Communication skills

  • Alternative dispute resolution

  • Doctor of Law

  • Bachelor's degree

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