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 Court utilizes temporary judges to hear various types of cases, including small claims, traffic, juvenile, and probate and to act as settlement conferences judges 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.
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).