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All persons appointed to the temporary judge panel serve at the pleasure of the Presiding Judge and the Supervising Judge in the relevant department(s). Effective January 1, 2007, California Rules of Court, Rule 2.810 established new and more rigorous training and qualification requirements for attorneys wishing to serve as temporary judges. All training courses are eligible for MCLE credit.

All attorneys who want to serve as a temporary judge in the Contra Costa Superior Court must first submit their letter of interest together with a letter of recommendation from a judicial officer (preferably from the Contra Costa Superior Court bench.) If invited to continue with the application process, candidates must fill out and return a separate application. (Fillable online)


Minimum requirements:

The presiding judge may not appoint an attorney to serve as a temporary judge unless the attorney has been admitted to practice as a member of the State Bar of California for at least 10 years before the appointment and meets the following conditions:

  1. Is an active member in good standing of the State Bar and has no disciplinary action pending;
  2. Has not pled guilty or no contest to a felony, or has not been convicted of a felony that has not been reversed;
  3. Has satisfied the education and training requirements;
  4. Has satisfied all other general conditions that the court may establish for appointment of an attorney as a temporary judge in that court; and
  5. Has satisfied any additional conditions that the court may require for an attorney to be appointed as a temporary judge for a particular assignment or type of case in that court.

NOTE: Consistent with CRC Rule 2.818  and local policy 28, temporary judges have an ongoing duty to report any disciplinary action pending or taken against them by the State Bar of California at least 2 court days before arriving to serve as a temporary judge.


Training Requirements:

REQUIREMENTS EVERYONE MUST MEET EVERY THREE YEARS:

  1. Review the online Fairness, Demeanor, and Self-Represented litigants materials
  2. Attend a 3-hour in-person training session on judicial demeanor
  3. Take the online course on judicial ethics
  4. Take local and online classes as required for the case type(s) you wish to hear


EXTRA REQUIREMENTS BY CALENDAR TYPE:

1. For Small Claims calendars:

  • Take all relevant online training courses and review online benchguides
  • Attend the local in-person class on hearing small claims calendars

2. For Traffic calendars:

  • Take online training course and review online benchguides
  • Attend the local in-person class on hearing traffic calendars

3. For Unlawful Detainer calendars:

  • Take online training course and review online benchguides
  • Attend the local in-person class on hearing unlawful detainer calendars

4. For Juvenile Dependency and Delinquency calendars:

  • Have a minimum of 5 years practice experience handling juvenile dependency and/or delinquency cases (must have practice experience in requested case type)
  • Take online training courses and review online benchguides

5. For Civil Discovery calendars:

  • Certify you have taken at least 3 CLE units in civil procedure in past 24 months
  • Review two online civil benchguides: Disqualification of Judge; Courtroom Control: Contempt and Sanctions
  • Review Chapter 9 of Proceedings Before Trial by the Rutter Group

6. For Probate calendars:

  • Certify you have taken at least 3 CLE units in probate in past 24 months
  • Attend the local in-person class on hearing probate calendars

7. For Domestic Violence calendars:

  • Certify you have taken at least 3 CLE units in domestic violence in past 24 months
  • Attend the local in-person class on hearing domestic violence calendars

8. For Civil Harassment calendars

  • Certify you have taken at least 3 CLE units in domestic violence in past 24 months
  • Review the online benchguide available on the Judicial Council's website
  • Attend the local in-person class on hearing civil harassment calendars


LINK FOR ALL ONLINE TRAINING: http://www2.courtinfo.ca.gov/cjer/pro_tem.htm
 


 

Frequently Asked Questions:


What calendars do temporary judges call?

In Contra Costa, temporary judges may be called to hear civil discovery, civil harassment, domestic violence, juvenile delinquency, juvenile dependency, probate, small claims, traffic, or unlawful detainer cases.

How do I apply to serve on the Contra Costa temporary judge panel?

All persons appointed to the temporary judge panel serve at the pleasure of the Presiding Judge and the Supervising Judge in the relevant department(s). There is no employment relationship established between the temporary judge and the court, and the court is not obligated to call any particular temporary judge to serve.

All attorneys who want to serve as a temporary judge in the Contra Costa Superior Court must first submit their letter of interest together with a letter of recommendation from a judicial officer (preferably from the Contra Costa Superior Court bench.) If invited to continue with the application process, candidates must fill out and return a separate application.  Letters of interest should be addressed to Presiding Judge Diana Becton, and should be mailed to Mimi Lyster at P.O. Box 911, Martinez, CA 94553.

When and how often will I be asked to serve as a temporary judge?

Temporary judges are called, as needed, by individual departments, divisions, or branch courts. There is no set schedule for service, and no guarantee that any particular temporary judge will be called to serve.

 


 

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