Temporary Judge Program
Through the Temporary Judge Program, the Court maintains a panel of trained, qualified, and experienced attorneys who may serve as temporary judges in the area of Small Claims.
At this time, recruitment for the Temporary Judge Program is currently open. To apply, please complete the application below and submit along with the required supplemental documents via email to Court.Administration@napa.courts.ca.gov. Please save documents as a PDF.
The Court does not accept resumes in lieu of a completed application. Incomplete complete application materials, false statements, omission of material fact or partial information, can result in disqualification.
Please contact Court Administration if you need assistance with the application process.
Experience Required for Appointment and Service
An attorney that has been admitted to practice as a member of the State Bar of California for 10 years may be appointed to serve as a temporary judge (however, for good cause, the presiding judge may permit an attorney who has been admitted to practice for at least 5 years to serve as a temporary judge).
The Presiding Judge may appoint an attorney to serve as a temporary judge only if the following minimum qualifications are satisfied. The attorney:
- must be a member in good standing of the State Bar and has no disciplinary action pending;
- has not pled guilty or no contest to a felony, or has not been convicted of a felony that has not been reversed;
- has satisfied the education and training requirements;
- has satisfied all other general conditions that the Court may establish for appointment of an attorney as a temporary judge in that court; and has satisfied any additional conditions that the Court may require for an attorney to be appointed as a temporary judge for a particular assignment or type of case in that court
Mandatory Training Requirements
The Presiding Judge may appoint an attorney to serve as a temporary judge only if the following minimum training requirements are satisfied before appointment:
- Training on Bench Conduct and Demeanor: Attended and successfully completed, within the previous 3 years, a course of at least 3 hours duration on the subjects identified in rule. 2.813(a) approved by the Court in which the attorney will serve.
- Training in Ethics: Attended and successfully completed, within the previous 3 years, a course of at least 3 hours duration on the subjects identified in rule 2.813(b) approved by the Court in which the attorney will serve. This course may be taken by any means approved by the Court, including in-person, by broadcast with participation, or online.
- Substantive Training (Small Claims): Attended and successfully completed, within the previous;3 years, a course on the substantive law in Small Claims 2.813(c) which the attorney will serve as a temporary judge. This course may be taken by any means approved by the Court, including in person, by broadcast with participation, or online.
For listing and scheduling of classes, please click on the Online Course Schedule link under Resources