Federal Judicial Center The Role of the U.S. Magistrate Judge In this video, Judge D. Brock Hornby (D. Me.) provides an overview of the role U.S. magistrate judges play in district courts. He discusses the primary sources of magistrate judge authority in civil and criminal cases; the common functions of magistrate judges in most district courts, as well as some novel uses; methods of assigning magistrate judges; and standards of review of magistrate judges' decisions. For use in the orientation of magistrate judges and district judges.
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