The current term of office of United States Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy at the United States District Court, Western District of New York, Buffalo, New York, is due to expire on February 25, 2023. The United States District Court is required by law to establish a panel of citizens to consider the reappointment of the magistrate judge to a new eight-year term. Chief Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford has signed an order convening this Merit Selection Panel. The full text of the order can be found here.
The duties of a magistrate judge in this court include the following: (1) conduct of most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; (2) trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; (3) conduct of 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.
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 and should be directed to Merit Selection Panel Chairperson, c/o Office of the Clerk, United States District Court, 2 Niagara Square, Buffalo, NY 14202. Comments must be received by July 29, 2022.