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.
Applying to be a Temporary Judge
Applications are being accepted and reviewed by the court for attorneys to serve as a temporary judge. To qualify for appointment as a temporary judge, an applicant must be an active member of the California State Bar in good standing for at least ten years immediately preceding appointment. The rules also require that applicants complete mandatory training in bench conduct and demeanor, ethics and substantive areas, for which MCLE credit will be provided.
In order to serve, or continue to serve as a temporary judge for the El Dorado Superior Court, you MUST have completed within the previous three years the following training requirements:
- 3 hours of mandatory “live” training in bench conduct and demeanor
- 3 hours of mandatory training in ethics.
- 3 hours of substantive training, depending on case type (i.e., small claims,
On-line courses in ethics, family law, juvenile, traffic, small claims and other subject areas are available at http://www2.courtinfo.ca.gov/cjer/pro_tem.htm
The court is currently planning a Bench Conduct and Demeanor training to be offered this summer. Please check back often for details.