We will discuss the differences between magistrate judges (who are often times non attorneys), US Federal Magistrates, Trial Judges and the state and United States Supreme Courts and court structure.
From ABC Action News.com "We then contacted the Virginia Supreme Court to confirm Robert Zimmerman’s employment. Kristi Wright with the Department of Legislative and Public Relations wrote us this email in response: “Robert J. Zimmerman served as a full-time magistrate from 2000-2006. Please be advised that in Virginia magistrates are judicial officers, but they are not considered "judges" and do not possess trial jurisdiction. more: http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/crime/zimmerman-dad-worked-as-magistrate#ixzz1qSZC8dfA