The current term of office of United States Magistrate Judge Bernardo P. Velasco at Tucson, Arizona, is due to expire on September 28, 2016. The United States District Court is required by law to establish a panel of citizens to consider the reappointment of a magistrate judge to a new eight year term.
The duties of a magistrate judge position include the following:
(1) conduct of most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases;
(2) trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases;
(3) conduct of various pretrial...