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Why would I want to consent to the magistrate judge assignment? What would be the advantage to my client?


The court has a very heavy criminal caseload which has an effect on trial dates for district judges. The court also has four well qualified magistrate judges who can, with the consent of the parties, provide a judicial resource for civil cases which can assist in efficiently dealing with the court' s caseload . The assignment of a small number of civil cases at case opening to magistrate judges, contingent upon consent of the parties, has been very successful in other federal courts which have initiated similar programs.

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