A magistrate is a type of judicial authority who only serves low-profile cases, typically in smaller local communities. The types of cases usually overseen by a magistrate include small civil cases, as well as cases for misdemeanor and other minor offenses. Normally, a magistrate would not have the full powers given to a judge, and does not stand as high in the organizational ladder of the judicial system. Additionally, some larger communities may not even utilize magistrates at all, relying only on judges and other high-ranking positions instead.

Getting a job as a magistrate can be somewhat challenging, and a degree in law is almost always required. The only exceptions are small communities which are willing to disregard educational qualifications for candidates with sufficient experience and otherwise good working qualifications. A good ability to make important decisions is essential for the job, as well as an objective view of matters and an attentive nature.

The salary of a magistrate can be quite varied, depending on the place one practices the job. In general, it goes between $37,000 – $81,000 a year, with the higher ranges being more common typically. A magistrate has good outlooks for career development and earning more than the average, provided they’re willing to invest the extra effort required to perform their job in such a way. Typically, most magistrates are compensated better than most other workers in their respective judicial system.