Civil Traffic Infraction Hearing Officer

EIGHTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR OPPORTUNITY

Civil Traffic Infraction Hearing Officer (CTIHO)

Brevard Courts


BULLETIN

Date: January 27, 2020 Closing Date: February 14, 2020
Contractor Title: Civil Traffic Infraction Hearing Officer (CTIHO)
Hours: 13-15 hours per month (Estimated) Location: Brevard County Courthouses
Schedule: Monthly Schedule Set to Hearing Officer Availability
(Typically, one 7-hour day and two 3-hour days each month ; Scheduled thru the Brevard County Clerk of Court, 2-3 months in advance.)
Starting salary: $60.00/hour (No Benefits) Funding Source: Brevard County
Summary of Responsibilities: The Eighteenth Judicial Circuit is seeking a contract Civil Traffic Infraction Hearing Officer for Brevard County. All civil traffic infraction cases are heard by Hearing Officer(s). Civil traffic infractions include pre-trial and trial hearings for citations in which a person is suspected of committing a non-criminal traffic infraction. These violations are classified as either moving or non-moving. Excluding are accidents with injuries and all criminal traffic offenses which are heard by a judge. Hearing Officer(s) also preside over parking violations and rule on most civil traffic motions. This contractual position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Judge or designee.

Examples of Work Performed:

(The examples of work listed below are not necessarily exhaustive. The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to this contract.)

  • Conducts hearings in compliance with applicable regulations and laws; gathers data in the form of documentary evidence and testimony.
  • Evaluates submitted evidence and testimony provided from witnesses and technical experts and utilizes same to make legal factual determination. Accepts pleas. Also makes rulings on pre-trial and post judgment motions including discovery, dismissal and motions for relief, clarification and re-hearings.
  • Hearing Officer must, on a weekly basis, timely review and complete all court-related documents, including, but not limited to proposed orders and correspondence, received by the Traffic Court Hearing Officer Program, and other matters and administrative responsibilities which require prompt attention.
  • A Hearing Officer is required to complete his or her own responses to litigant correspondence and dispositions/orders that are not generated by the Clerk of Court while presiding over a docket.
  • Reads professional journals and updates of case law to stay current on regulations and statutes governing Florida Traffic laws and rules.

Education, Experience and Certification Requirements:

  • Juris doctorate degree from an accredited law school, and a member in good standing with The Florida Bar for a minimum of five (5) years.
  • Has completed or will timely complete (prior to assuming responsibilities) a 40-hour education and training program approved by the Florida Supreme Court pursuant to Chapter 318 of the Florida Statutes, as is required to serve as a Civil Traffic Infraction Hearing Officer and will timely complete an approved 4-hour continuing education program annually, if the contract is extended annually.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Must have knowledge of and the ability to interpret and apply Florida Statutes, case law and Florida Rules of Court.
  • Ability to conform to the Code of Judicial Conduct, Canons 1, 2A, and 3, and such other provisions that might reasonably be applicable.

Special Notes:

This is a part-time, contractual position with no benefits. Hours will range from 13-15 hours per month.

Successful applicant will be expected to travel to all three Brevard County courthouses for traffic hearings. (Travel reimbursement is not provided for this contractual position.)

A Civil Traffic Infractions Hearing Officer appointed under section 318.30, Florida Statutes shall have judicial immunity in the same manner and to the same extent as judges.

If extended a contract, the contractor will not engage in any area of private practice in the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit which could overlap into the areas of Civil or Criminal Traffic Court or could otherwise create any conflict or appearance of bias or impropriety.

Application Procedures and Closing Date:

In order to be considered, interested parties must submit a current and complete State of Florida application, and verification of membership in The Florida Bar, no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 2020 to:

Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Justice Center
Attn: Court Administration, 3rd Floor
2825 Judge Fran Jamieson Way
Viera, Florida 32940
(321) 637-5674

Only complete and current State of Florida applications (with any and all required supporting documentation) will be considered. Resumes may be attached as supplemental documentation only and will not be accepted as a stand-alone document. Applications submitted with the verbiage “please see resume”, will not be accepted. Any submission for the advertised position that does not meet the listed requirements will be deemed incomplete and not eligible for further consideration.

You may also submit via email your State of Florida application, verification of membership in The Florida Bar, and resume or any other information below.

In addition, applications received at the address/office identified above after the advertised deadline date and time will not be considered for this recruitment.

If you are selected to be interviewed, you will be contacted by this office, no later than February 28, 2020. If you have not been contacted by this date, then you were not chosen to be interviewed and therefore, will receive no further communication from this office. Please be assured that your application received our full attention.

The successful applicant will be required to submit to a fingerprint background investigation thru the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

Court Website:

Employment Opportunities – https://flcourts18.org/employment-opportunities/

EEO:

The Eighteenth Judicial Circuit is an equal opportunity employer that actively pursues and hires a diverse workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of nor manifest by words or conduct, bias or prejudice based on race, color, religion, age (40 or older), sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), national origin, language, marital status, socioeconomic status, or disability or genetic information, which does not preclude performance of essential job functions, and reasonable accommodation(s) is provided, as necessary and judicious. If you are a person with a disability who needs an accommodation in order to participate in the application/selection process, you are entitled, at no cost to you, the provision of certain assistance. Please notify Court Administration at 321-633-2171, #3, prior to the application deadline. If you are hearing or voice impaired, please call through the Florida Relay Service (TDD) 1-800-955-8771.

Background Check:

Employment is provisional pending the results of a successful background investigation and fingerprinting.

E-Verify:

Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. The Eighteenth Judicial Circuit participates in the U.S. Government’s Electronic Employment Verification Program (E-Verify) to assist in this required verification process for all state-funded positions. E-Verify is a program that electronically confirms an employee’s eligibility to work in the United States after completion of the Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9) upon hire within the first 3 days of employment.

PUBLIC RECORDS All information provided via application packets are considered public record upon submittal, with the exception of information protected or exempt per Florida Statutes or public records exemption rules.

Drug-Free:

It is an objective of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing court service for the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, and the trust placed in our organization by the public.

At-Will Employment:

Pursuant to 110.205(2)(c) of the Florida Statutes, employment with the State Courts System is not covered under the Career Service System and all employees of the State Systems serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and do not attain tenure rights, i.e., employees can be terminated with or without cause by the Court.
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WE ARE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. WE DO NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, RELIGION, COLOR, SEX, AGE, NATIONAL ORIGIN, OR DISABILITY. IF YOU NEED AN ACCOMMODATION IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS, PLEASE CALL THE CONTACT PERSON AT THE NUMBER INDICATED ABOVE. PERSONS USING A TDD MAY CALL CONTACT PERSON THROUGH THE FLORIDA RELAY SERVICE (TDD) 1-800-955-8771