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The Court maintains a list of certified volunteer attorneys willing to serve intermittently as a temporary judge in traffic, small claims, unlawful detainer, family law, and probate cases when the court needs judicial assistance that it cannot provide using its full-time judicial officers. Pursuant to California Rules of Court, rules 2.810-2.819, the Monterey County Superior Court conducts a recruitment every three years. The current recruitment period beginning November 2016 is now closed and the selection and training period has been initiated.

For those invited through to the training period, the following items are provided for your reference:

Minimum Qualifications

To become a temporary judge you must be in good standing and have been admitted to practice as a member of the State Bar of California for at least ten years and satisfy all the education, training and general conditions established by California Rule of Court, rules 2.810-2.819 and by the Monterey County Superior Court. Among the qualifications the Court will consider in the selection process is an applicant’s exposure to and experience with diverse populations and issues related to those populations. The Court will also refer to individual areas of specialization, areas of interest, and ability to commit to intermittent assignments.

Additional Information

Additional information about the Temporary Judge program can be found on the Judicial Council website at:
For further information, contact the Court via email at:

The court’s volunteer & intern programs are currently under reconstruction. Check back in the future for potential program opportunities.

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