Temporary Judge Program

Pursuant to Rule 2.818(b)(1)(a), an attorney may not serve as a court-appointed temporary judge: (1) If the attorney, in any type of case, is appearing on the same day in the same courthouse as an attorney or as a party; (2) If the attorney, in the same type of case, is presently a party to any action or proceeding in the court; or (3) If, in a family law or unlawful detainer case, one party is self-represented and the other party is represented by an attorney or is an attorney.

Orange County temporary judge policy exception: Temporary judges and settlement officers in family law cases are exempt from rule 2.818(b)(3) of the California Rules of Court, and settlement officers who assist with settlement conferences, but who perform no judicial functions such as placing the settlement on the record, are exempt from rule 2.818(b)(1) and (b)(2).

Temporary Judge Program

Temporary Judge Education and Training Information Leave

As mandated by rules 2.812 and 2.813 of the California Rules of Court (“CRC”), you may not serve as a Temporary Judge unless you first attend 3 hour of training in each of the following areas:

  1. Ethics
  2. Bench Demeanor.

Temporary Judge Education 2016
Ethics &
Bench Demeanor and Fairness

Orange County Superior Court, Central Justice Center
3rd Floor Jury Assembly Room
700 Civil Center Drive West
Santa Ana, California 92701

Orange County Superior Court Temporary Judges must complete 3 hours training in
Ethics and 3 hours training in Bench Demeanor

Ethics and Bench Demeanor Courses
will be offered on each course date.

June 7th 2016 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
June 8th 2016 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
June 14, 2016 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
June 16, 2016 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

3 hours of MCLE Credit will be offered for each course. By Judicial Council of California, MCLE Provider Number 4781

$25 if paid by June 1, 2016 by Approved Orange County Temporary Judges
$35 if paid after June 1, 2016 by Approved Orange County Temporary Judges
$50 for Attorneys who are not Orange County Temporary Judges

Please click the link for the Registration Form:

Online Training Link

Required substantive training for Small Claims and Traffic Trials is available online from the California Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER) at: 

Temporary Judge Program Coordinator Information

For any additional information, concerns or questions, please contact Gina Ory, Program Coordinator Specialist at (657) 622-7143 or at .

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