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 

New Recruitment for Temporary Judges

The Court is pleased to announce the opening of the recruitment and application process for Temporary Judges. If you are interested in becoming a Temporary Judge, please read the Application Letter  and complete the Temporary Judge Application.    The Application Letter describes the minimum qualifications and selection criteria which will be used in this application process. Attorneys who are not currently active with the Orange County Superior Court Temporary Judge Program and would like to be considered must complete the application process.
The Court will invite those who successfully pass the application process to attend two mandatory three hour training sessions in late spring/early summer 2016. For questions, please contact Gina Ory at (657) 622-7143 or email
Applications must be received by December 31, 2015. Late applications will not be accepted.

Renewal Application Information

The Court is pleased to announce the opening of the renewal application process for our existing Temporary Judges. All Temporary Judges that are currently on the panel should have received the renewal information via email. If you have not received this information please contact the Temporary Judge Program using the information listed below. All renewal applications are due by September 30, 2015.


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 will begin in the spring of 2016.

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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