A "court-appointed temporary judge" is an attorney who has satisfied the requirements for appointment listed in California Rules of Court 2.812, and has been appointed by the court to serve as a temporary judge in a courtroom.


Parties might encounter a temporary judge if:

  • The court has appointed a temporary judge to hear their case on the date they have their court appearance.
  • Parties have decided they want to have a temporary judge hear just their case (NOTE: This is a local court program, and it is only available in limited and unlimited jurisdiction civil cases.)


Joining Contra Costa's Temporary Judge Panel

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.

To qualify, attorneys must have been active members of the California State Bar, in good standing, for at least 10 years before appointment. There cannot be any pending disciplinary actions, and the individual must not have pled guilty or no contest to a felony, or have a felony conviction that has not been reversed. He or she must satisfy all education and training requirements established by the state, as well as any other conditions that the individual court may require. Mandated training elements include a 3-hour in-person course on judicial demeanor (provided by a court) together with an online training course in related judicial demeanor and ethical issues.

Attorneys must also take one or more online training courses provided by the Administrative Office of the Courts, depending on the substantive areas of law they wish to hear.

Depending on case type, there may also be additional training, education, or experience requirements to serve in Contra Costa county.


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:

  • Is an active member in good standing of the State Bar and has no disciplinary action pending;
  • Has not pled guilty or no contest to a felony, or has not been convicted of a felony that has not been reversed;
  • Has satisfied the education and training requirements;
  • Has satisfied all other general conditions that the court may establish for appointment of an attorney as a temporary judge in that court; and
  • 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.


Temporary Judges will need to take ALL required trainings and attend a court session on each case type(s) to sit in the locations below:

Martinez
(morning)
Martinez
(afternoon)
Pittsburg
(morning)
Richmond
(afternoon)
Walnut Creek
(morning)
Judicial Demeanor
Ethics
Probate
Judicial Demeanor
Ethics
Civil Harassment
Small Claims
Unlawful Detainer
Online Classes
Judicial Demeanor
Ethics
Small Claims
Traffic
Unlawful Detainer
Online Classes
Judicial Demeanor
Ethics
Small Claims
Traffic
Unlawful Detainer
Online Classes
Judicial Demeanor
Ethics
Traffic Only
Online Classes

Training Requirements

These are requirements that everyone must meet every three years:

  • Review the online Fairness, Demeanor, and Self-Represented litigants materials
  • Attend a 3-hour in-person training session on judicial demeanor
  • Take the online course on judicial ethics
  • Take local and online classes as required for the case type(s) you wish to hear
  • Attend a court session on each case type for the location above
Training Schedule
Class Date Time
TrafficWednesday, 12/27/171:30-4:45 pm
Civil HarassmentWednesday, 12/27/175:30-8:45 pm
Small ClaimsThursday, 12/28/171:30-4:45 pm
Unlawful DetainersThursday, 12/28/175:30-8:45 pm
Judicial DemeanorFriday, 12/29/171:30-4:45 pm
To sign-up for any of the local training classes, please email the Temporary Judge Program at: tempjudge@contracosta.courts.ca.gov

Application

Please complete the application for the Temporary Judge Program.


Extra Requirements by Calendar Type

Small Claims Calendars

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

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

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

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

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

Civil Harassment Calendars
  • Certify you have taken at least 3 CLE units in civil harassment 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

On-Line Training Can Be Found Here