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Douglas County  9050
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Salary Range EO35


This position serves as Justice-of-the-Peace of a district within Douglas County and has jurisdiction of certain crimes committed or triable within the County; serves as a department head/judge of a Justice Court and plans, organizes, directs, and evaluates the activity of that Court as prescribed by Oregon Revised Statutes. This is an elected position and as such is directly responsible to the electorate.


(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples.)

l. Arraign cases, set trial dates, preside over jury and court trials, determine appropriate action, enter judgment, assess fines and/or sentences.

2. Develop, implement, and evaluate programs for department operation; establish and maintain departmental policy and procedure.

3. Direct activities of support staff in reporting and record keeping to ensure compliance with Oregon Revised Statutes.

4. Monitor and direct work performance of Justice Court employees maintaining standards of efficiency and morale among employees; select, train, and evaluate staff; direct office procedures, reporting, and record keeping.

5. Prepare department budget, monitor and manage fiscal operations of the department.

6. Represent Justice Court to public, promote programs, interpret State statutes and County policy and procedure to public.

7. Perform marriages.


Knowledge of: Thorough knowledge of laws, practices, and procedures appropriate to Justice Court operations; reasonable knowledge of principles, methods, and techniques of effective administration including public relations, personnel management, and fiscal management to develop, implement and evaluate programs. Ability to: Make decisions independently in accordance with established policy and procedures, establish new policy when applicable and use initiative and judgment in completing duties and responsibilities; supervise support staff; courteously meet and deal effectively with employees, Board of Commissioners, County department heads, state and local officials, judges, attorneys, law enforcement and probation personnel, individuals involved in Justice Court cases, and the public.

Qualifications - Qualifications for the position are established in Oregon Revised Statute 51.020, 51.240, 51.250.


This classification is elected by and serves at the pleasure of the electorate.

The Justice-of-the-Peace exercises supervision over departmental employees delegating responsibility orally or in writing with final responsibility for work performed by the department.


Work is performed within established department policy and procedures; federal, state, and county statutes, rules, regulations, guidelines, ordinances; criminal codes, Rules of Professional Ethics; court procedures and rules; Oregon Court of Appeals and Supreme Court case precedents, Bar Association reference material and accepted procedures within legal profession. Incumbent has to remain current on guidelines and uses experience and seasoned independent judgment in interpreting and choosing appropriate ones. As department head, establishes or revises departmental policies and procedures.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed in an office and courtroom environment; work is generally sedentary and requires hearing voice conversation, keyboarding, sitting, standing and walking. A reasonable amount of driving is required.

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