Superior Court of California, County of El Dorado

Our Mission

To preserve and enhance the rule of law in El Dorado County by providing all persons a fair, efficient, and accessible forum for resolving disputes, protecting public safety, and righting wrongs.

Temporary Judge Program

Temporary judges are an integral part of the court system providing a valuable service in some of the court's busiest venues.  Each month attorneys regularly serve as temporary judges in our court.  Often people experience their only "day in court" before a temporary judge.

Need for Temporary Judges in El Dorado

The court utilizes temporary judges to hear various types of cases, including small claims, traffic, juvenile, and probate and to act as settlement conference judges in family and civil cases.

New Rules Governing Temporary Judges

The Judicial Council, which is the policy-making body for the state court system charged with enacting, among other things, the California Rules of Court, approved rules 2.810-2.834 which govern the selection, training, appointment, supervision, and evaluation of court-appointed temporary judges.  The rules result from a year-long state study which demonstrated significant variances in the quality and quantity of training for court-appointed temporary judges and reflected a lack of public trust and confidence in the court’s handling of certain types of cases in which temporary judges are frequently utilized.  Those surveyed perceived procedural fairness to be lower in traffic, family, and small claims cases compared to other case types.  To address these concerns, the council created these rules in an effort to achieve consistency in training and to the quality of temporary judging.

Court Administration

2850 Fairlane Court, Suite 110
Placerville, CA 95667
Phone: (530) 621-7454

Main Street snow Dec2009