Temporary Judge Program
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Temporary Judge Program

Temporary Judges can serve as Judicial Officers at the Superior Court. This page provides information about the Temporary Judges Program, including:

  1. Overview
  2. Requirements
  3. Online Application Process
  4. Education and Training
  5. Training Materials ("eBinders")
  6. Civil Settlement Conference Availability Form
  7. Complaint Procedure
  8. Contacting the Program Administrator
  9. Parking for Temporary Judges

1. Overview

Under California Rules of Court , qualified and experienced attorneys may volunteer their time to serve as part of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara's Temporary Judge Program. Temporary Judges are appointed and serve at the discretion of the Court. The Presiding Judge's letter of invitation   to the Bay Area legal community provides information about the Court's Temporary Judge Program. The Court continuously recruits temporary judges. For more information, click to see the Court's Temporary Judge Program Brochure .

2. Requirements

  • Experience:
    • Attorneys who have been members of the California State Bar for at least ten years
  • Conditions for appointment:
    • Is a member of the State Bar in good standing with no disciplinary action pending;
    • Has not pled guilty or no contest to a felony, and has not been convicted of a felony that has not been reversed;
    • Has satisfied the education and training requirements below
    • Has satisfied all other general and specific conditions the Court may establish for appointment.
  • Training requirements:
    • Mandatory courses:
      • Bench Conduct and Demeanor
      • Judicial Ethics for Temporary Judges
    • Substantive Training:
      • Before appointment, successful completion within the previous three years of a course on the substantive law (Civil, DV, Ethics, Family, Juvenile, Small Claims, Traffic) in each subject area to be served

3. Online Application Process

Click the links below to access and submit these web forms.
Note: the forms must be completed and submitted ONLINE.

4. Education and Training

  • Local training:

    Mandatory courses, as well as substantive classes, are offered by the Superior Court in Santa Clara County at various times during the year, as part of the Temporary Judge Program. Local courses may qualify for MCLE credit. Locally provided training materials are available for download, from this web page.

    Course Name

    Check-in time

    Class time Location RSVP

    Bench Conduct and Demeanor (mandatory)
    (Click for local training materials)

    June 12, 2018

    4:00 p.m.

    4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

    Judicial Conference Room,
    Family Justice Center
    (enter course name in
    email Subject line

    • Bench Conduct and Demeanor:

      The Bench Conduct and Demeanor training class must be taken in person and be taught by a qualified judicial. MCLE credits will be provided to you at no cost.

      Click for Bench Conduct and Demeanor course online preparation materials  on the AOC Education site.

    • Judicial Ethics:

      Mandatory Judicial Ethics courses are available on-line: AOC Temporary Judge Resources website . Upon completion of the course, please enter your name and the date, print out the certificate of completion, and email it to the Temporary Judge Administrator at Local classroom training may also be available - please check back later.

  • Other Training Resources:

    The AOC Temporary Judge Resources website  provides mandatory and subject-area (Civil, DV, Ethics, Family, Juvenile, Small Claims, Traffic) substantive online courses, publications, and participatory materials developed by the Education Division/California Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER), for use by judges, commissioners, and referees. Online courses may qualify for MCLE credit.

  • Prerequisites:

    Prior to attending the mandatory Bench Conduct and Demeanor class, interested applicants must complete two short exercises entitled Self Monitor Scale and Implicit Association Test. Please access the AOC Temporary Judge Resources website  for completion. These exercises are for self-evaluation - it is not necessary to save or bring results to class.

  • Training verification:

    To verify AOC online course completion and to maintain good standing with the local Temporary Judges Program, please fill out the Certificate of Completion at the end of each course, and email a copy to

5. Training Materials - TJP eBinders

Bench Conduct and Demeanor eBinder

6. Civil Settlement Conference Availability Form

Mandatory Civil Settlement Conferences occur only on Wednesdays of each week.

Due to this limited schedule, if you are eligible to serve as a Civil Settlement Conference Temporary Judge, you must complete the Civil Settlement Availability Form . Please read the Instructions on how to submit the Civil Settlement Availability Form  for assistance.

Forms may be updated any time and must be submitted to the Civil Calendar department at

7. Complaint Procedure

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

8. Contacting the Program Administrator

To contact the Temporary Judge Administrator with questions or for general information, please email

9. Parking for Temporary Judges

The following linked documents provide help for Temporary Judges when parking at our courthouses. Also, see the section below on commute alternatives.

For Temporary Judges interested in occasional or regular alternatives to driving and parking, please see the following links. Note - the  website provides help with traffic/travel planning as well as extensive information on commute alternatives and benefits.

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