Temporary Judge Program
The Superior Court Of California, County Of San Bernardino
Invites Attorneys to Join the Temporary Judge Program
Temporary judges serve an important role in our judicial system. Qualified attorneys preside
over various types of cases including Small Claims, Traffic, Family Law, and Probate. This
opportunity is available at courthouses across our county, including locations at San
Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, Victorville, Barstow, and Joshua Tree.
Applicants are carefully evaluated to ensure their suitability as temporary judges. The Court
makes every effort to ensure that those who volunteer as temporary judges have the necessary
character, experience, and qualifications to effectively serve the public. To facilitate the success
of each successful applicant, the Court provides training and support, as outlined in the
California Rules of Court.
Current participants in the program have expressed how their service has led to a deeper
understanding of the judicial system, an appreciation of the role of judicial officers and greater
empathy for the needs of the public. These volunteers also gain first-hand experience of the
current demands being placed on our judicial system. The Court encourages interested and
qualified attorneys to apply.
Temporary judges are appointed and serve at the discretion of the Presiding Judge. Neither
appointment nor service as a temporary judge creates any employment relationship with the
Applications are accepted year round. Submit an Application, with the required training
certificates (Bench Conduct, Decorum and Demeanor, Judicial Ethics, and Substantive area of
law) in one of the following manners:
Attn: Temporary Judge Administrator
247 W. Third Street, 11th Floor
San Bernardino, CA 92415
Eligible candidates must be in good standing with the CA State Bar with no disciplinary
action pending, no felony conviction, and have been admitted to practice for at least 10
years. However, for good cause, the Presiding Judge may permit an attorney who has
been admitted for at least 5 years to serve.
*Appointment as a temporary judge is contingent upon successful completion of a
EDUCATION AND TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
As mandated by rules 2.812 and 2.813 of the California Rules of Court, the Presiding
Judge may appoint an attorney to serve as a temporary judge only if the following
minimum training requirements are satisfied:
- Bench Conduct, Demeanor, and Decorum [3 hrs] - Course is offered in-
person only and is offered once or twice a year
- Judicial Ethics [3 hrs] - Available online at
- *At least one area of substantive law, such as Family Law, Small Claims, etc.
(CA Rules of Court, Rule 2.812 (c)) [3 hours] - Available online at
MCLE credit is provided for all required training.
TRAINING COURSE SCHEDULE
If a course is not being offered by the Superior Court of California, County of San
Bernardino, attorneys may take courses in any other CA Superior Court.
- Bench Conduct, Demeanor and Decorum Course (3 MCLE Credit)
To register, please email your name, law firm, and phone number to: TempJudge@sb-court.org
Friday, May 5, 2017
1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Vineyard Training Center
9607 Business Center Drive - Suite B
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Friday, September 29, 2017
1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
14455 Civic Drive
Jury Assembly Room
Victorville, CA 92392
- Civil Harassment Course - June 2017, more information to follow.
- Probate Course - September, 2017, more information to follow.
The eligibility period for serving as a Temporary Judge pursuant to California Rule of Court
2.812, is valid for a three-year period.
Six (6) months prior to the conclusion of the three-year period, current participants must
submit a Renewal Application, with the required training certificates (Bench Conduct,
Demeanor and Decorum, Judicial Ethics, and Substantive area of law).
If you have a complaint about a Court-appointed Temporary Judge, please print the Complaint form and send the completed form to Temporary Judge Administrator at the
address on the
bottom of the form, or email it to TempJudge@sb-
RESOURCES AND GOVERNING RULES
California Rules of Court Governing Temporary Judges
http://www.courts.ca.gov/cms/rules/index.cfm?title=two Rules 2.810-
2.819 and Rules 2.830-
Financial Disclosure Required Under the California Fair Political Practices Act
The California Code of Regulations requires temporary judges who sit thirty days or more in a
calendar year, to file with the Clerk of the Court, the statement of economic interests (Form
700) required of regular judicial officers. Temporary judges are responsible for keeping track of
the number of days that they serve.
This form may be found online at http://www.fppc.ca.gov/