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General Rule 4

GENERAL RULE 4: TEMPORARY JUDGES

A. COURT-APPOINTED TEMPORARY JUDGES

(1) APPLICATIONS AND TRAINING

The Court appoints qualified attorneys as temporary judges pursuant to the California Rules of Court (CRC). Application forms to volunteer as a temporary judge may be downloaded from the Court's website, or they are available from the Clerk's Office at the Downtown Superior Court. Attorneys applying for appointment as a temporary judge in the Small Claims or Traffic divisions who previously have not served as a temporary judge in that division, must observe two half-day calendars in the division conducted by Judicial Officers, as well as satisfying all other requirements set forth in the CRC. The two half-day calendars in Traffic shall include arraignments and trials.

(2) COMPLAINTS

Forms for lodging complaints about a court-appointed temporary judge may be found on the Court's website, or they are available from the Clerk's Office at any courthouse where temporary judges serve. Complaints about any court-appointed temporary judge should be sent to: Temporary Judge Administrator, Santa Clara Superior Court, 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113.  

B. TEMPORARY JUDGES REQUESTED BY THE PARTIES

(1) PARTY-REQUESTED TEMPORARY JUDGES

Parties requesting Court approval that an attorney or retired judge be designated as a temporary judge on a pending case shall file the stipulation required by CRC 2.830-2.834 in the Clerk's Office where the case is pending.  

(2) PRIVATELY COMPENSATED TEMPORARY JUDGES

Matters pending before privately compensated temporary judges are not heard at courthouses. A notice pursuant to CRC 2.830-2.834 will be posted outside the Clerk's Office of any courthouse where the Court has approved a request for a pending case to be assigned to a privately compensated temporary judge.

(Eff. 1/01/07)




 

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