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 Judges Policy 

Recruitment and Application Information

The recruitment and application process for the Temporary Judge Program for the term of July 2013 to June 2016 has closed as of December 31, 2012.


As mandated by rules 2.812 and 2.813 of the California Rules of Court, you may not serve as a temporary judge unless you first attend 3 hour of training in each of the following areas:

  1. Ethics and
  2. Bench Demeanor.

These courses are only offered every three years. The next training sessions are scheduled as follows:

April 27, 2013 at (9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Or
May 22, 2013 & May 23, 2013 at (4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) participants must attend both dates.

The training will be located at Central Justice Center at 700 Civic Center Drive West, Santa Ana, CA 92701 in the 3rd floor Jury Assembly room. Please see attached registration form  for more information.

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: 

New Temporary Judge E-mail Address

Please use the following email address for questions, notifying staff of changes regarding information such as telephone numbers, address, and e-mail addresses, or any other issues that you consider important to our Temporary Judge Program.

Court Contact Information

  Central Justice Center: (657) 622-7358 Civil Panel for General Civil
  Central Panel for Traffic, Civil or Small Claims
Civil Complex Center: (657) 622-5313 / 5314
Harbor Justice Center
  Laguna Hills: (657) 622-5768
  Newport Beach: (657) 622-5499 / 6460
Lamoreaux Justice Center: (657) 622-6516 for Probate & Mental Health
(657) 622-6114 / 5566 for Family Law
North Justice Center: (657) 622-5627
West Justice Center: (657) 622-5949

Program Coordinator

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

© 2014 Superior Court of Orange County