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The current term of office of United States Magistrate Judge Charles H. Weigle in Macon, Georgia, is due to expire on October 18, 2018. The United States District Court is required by law to establish a panel of citizens to consider the reappointment of the magistrate judge to a new eight (8) 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 matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from a district judge; and
(4) Trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants.

Comments from members of the bar and the public are invited as to whether the incumbent magistrate judge should be recommended by the panel for reappointment by the court and should be directed to:

David W. Bunt, Clerk
United States District Court
Middle District of Georgia
Post Office Box 128
Macon, GA 31202

Comments must be received by December 29, 2017.

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia is pleased to announce that United States Magistrate M. Stephen Hyles has been reappointed for another 8 year term effective July 1, 2018.  The Court would like to thank the public and members of the bar for submitting comments regarding Judge Hyles' reappointment, and thank the members of the reappointment committee for their time and effort in the reappointment process.

Standing Order 2017-02 is effective November 1, 2017.  This standing Order is a revision of Standing Order 2017-01 regarding conditions of post-conviction supervision and instructions regarding criminal financial obligations.  Standing Order 2017-02 adds Condition # 4 of the Mandatory Conditions of Supervised Release regarding convictions requiring mandatory restitution.

  Standing Order 2017-02

A new jury scam is targeting citizens within Middle Georgia.  Emails are being sent advising citizens that they failed to appear for jury duty, and directing them to contact the “Judicial Division of the U.S. Marshals Office.”  The subject line of the emails is “F.T.A. Notification” and the sender’s email address replicates the name of a clerk and uses “US.District.Courts@clerk.com.”

Most contact between a federal court and prospective juror will be through U.S. mail, and any phone or email contact by court staff will not include requests for sensitive information such as social security numbers or credit card information.   Emails from the court are sent from an email address that contains a “.gov” extension, and not “.com”. 

If anyone suspects they have been targeted by this scam or is contacted by someone requesting payments related to jury duty, please do not make the payment.  Instead, immediately report the incident to your local law enforcement agency.  You may also contact the U.S. District Court Clerk’s Office at (478) 752-3497 for verification of any suspicious communications related to jury service.

  Please see the attached press release

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia is pleased to announce that United States Magistrate Judge Thomas Q. Langstaff has been reappointed for another 8 year term effective April 30, 2018.  The Court would like to thank the public and members of the bar for submitting comments regarding Judge Langstaff's reappointment, and thank the members of the reappointment committee for their time and effort in the reappointment process.

Standing Order 2017-01 is effective March 3, 2017 regarding defendants under post-conviction supervision and instructions on criminal financial obligations.

  Standing Order 2017-01