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Magistrate

Aliases: Justice, Adjudicator

Industry/Sector(s): Judiciary


JOB DESCRIPTION 1

The tasks a Magistrate is expected to perform include:

  • Presiding over criminal court, deciding cases and delivering judgement on judicial matters filed in or transferred to his/her court
  • Issuing summons or warrants to accused according to nature of alleged crime
  • Granting remand to police to keep accused in police custody for investigation
  • Fixing dates of hearing
  • Issuing summons to prosecution and defending witnesses
  • Hearing preliminary arguments of prosecution and defending counsels to decide whether any case has been made out against accused
  • Committing accused to stand trial in Sessions Court if offence is beyond competence of his/her court or dismissing complaint if no case is made by prosecution
  • Proceeding with case if alleged offence is made out and within competence of his/her court
  • Recording defence testimony of accused, evidence and cross examination of prosecution and dis-allowing irrelevant questions​
WORK ENVIRONMENT 1, 2
  • It is a desk job
  • Need not handle a team
  • Local travelling is not a part of job role
  • Part-time work and contractual jobs are not available 
  • Work from home option is not available
Working hours
  • The court usually works for 5 days a week and 8 hours everyday
  • Shift system may be available
  • Overtime may be required​
Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

This may vary from organization to organization​

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING 4, 5

Preferably, Bachelor's in law (LL.B)

KEY COMPETENCIES 1
  • Proficient in formulating charges and explaining them to accused
  • Well-versed in recording evidence of witnesses under oath, examining their statements given before police and admitting documents or material as exhibits
  • Proficient in recording statement of complainant to decide cognizance of prima facie case
DESIRABLE COMPETENCIES 1
  • Able to work under high pressure
  • Good communication skills
  • Problem-solving skills
AVAILABLE SKILL TRAINING AND LEARNING INSTITUTES 
Colleges offering LL.B across India
AVAILABLE SKILL TRAINING SCHEMES/SCHOLARSHIPS 

For scholarship and schemes, use further links like:

  • https://scholarships.gov.in/​
SAMPLE OF TRAINING AND LEARNING COURSES 

http://lkouniv.ac.in/oldsite/department/law/syllabus/llb_syl.pdf

CAREER PROGRESSION PATH 3

Judge, Supreme Court

     ↑

High Court Judge

      ↑

Sessions Judge

       ↑

Assistant Sessions Judge

       ↑

Chief Judicial Magistrate

       ↑

Magistrate
The progression is indicative

EXPECTED EARNINGS 4, 5
  • For candidates with experience – Rs 27,000 to Rs 45,000 per month 
These figures are indicative and subject to change
 
REQUIRED WORK EXPERIENCE 4

Generally, 3 or more years of experience as an Advocate in High Court/Subordinate Court is required

PROBABLE EMPLOYERS 5

Judicial courts 

KEYWORDS 
  • District Magistrate
  • Chief Presidency Magistrate 
  • Judicial Magistrate
  • Railway Magistrate
  • City Magistrate​
OCCUPATIONAL CODES AND STANDARDS 
Standard Code Description
NCO 2015 2612.0600 Magistrate
ISCO 2008 2612 Judges
NIC 2008 88230 Public order and safety activities
QP Reference Not available Not available
NSQF Not available Not available
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