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Roell v. Withrow

In this case, Public Citizen represented the respondent, Jon Michael Withrow, in the Supreme Court and argued that the Federal Magistrates Act requires that all parties expressly consent to the jurisdiction of a magistrate judge prior to trial and entry of final judgement by that magistrate.

The Court held in favor of the petitioner, reasoning that a party’s consent to a magistrate judge’s jurisdication may be inferred by the actions of the party.