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COVID-19 and Court Operations:

The El Dorado County Superior Court has modified existing pandemic precautions and procedures to comply with new state and federal health and safety regulations.  More Information

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 County

The El Dorado County Superior Court has ongoing opportunities for qualified attorneys to participate in our Temporary Judge Program.  Temporary judges are used at the discretion of the Presiding Judge when the court needs judicial assistance that cannot be provided by its full-time judicial officers.  Under this program, temporary judges could be called on to hear various cases, including small claims, traffic, unlawful detainers and settlement conferences in family and civil cases. 

Rules Governing Temporary Judges

California Rules of Court 2.810-2.834 govern the selection, training, appointment, supervision, and evaluation of court appointed temporary judges.

Applying to be 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. Applicants must complete mandatory training in bench conduct and demeanor, ethics, and substantive areas.

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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, traffic, etc).

Training for Temporary Judges

Visit "Center for Judiciary Education and Research (CJER)" Website

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