Superior Court of California, San Bernardino County

Superior Court of California, San Bernardino County

Temporary Judge Program

The Temporary Judge Program in the Superior Court of San Bernardino County has been highly effective thanks to the participation of dedicated members of the legal community. The contribution temporary judges make to the people of San Bernardino County in general, and the Superior Court in particular, cannot be over-estimated.

Our court welcomes qualified attorneys to become a part of our Temporary Judges’ program. Through this program, the court maintains a panel of trained and experienced attorneys who preside over various types of cases, including small claims, traffic, family law, probate and in other capacities at the discretion of the Presiding Judge. Temporary judges can serve in all court locations. As there are a high volume of cases in the Superior Court of San Bernardino County, applications for Temporary Judges are accepted year round.

Conditions for Appointment by the Court

Temporary Judges serve at the discretion of the Presiding Judge. The Presiding Judge may appoint an attorney to serve as a Temporary Judge only if the attorney:
  • is 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 be convicted of a felony that has not been reversed;
  • has satisfied the required 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

Education and Training Requirements

As mandated by rules 2.812 and 2.813 of the California Rules of Court, the Presiding Judge may appoint an attorney to serve as a temporary judge only if the following minimum training requirements are satisfied, within the previous 3 years:

Types of Training Courses Information Course Length
Bench Conduct and Demeanor

Must be taken in-person.
May be taken in any California Superior Court.
Offered by most courts once or twice a year.

3.0 hours


May be taken online

3.0 hours

Bench Assignment which can
be Small Claims, Traffic, etc.
[CA Rules of Court, Rule
2.812 (c)]

May be taken in person (when available) or
online, through the California Center for
Judicial Education and Research (CJER):

3.0 hours

There is an exception to the Temporary Judge training requirements for those attorneys wishing to hear Probate Matters. The Judicial Council of California is responsible for developing materials for training courses. There are currently no Probate training courses available through the Judicial Council. The Presiding Judge approves Temporary Judges for Probate [Cal. Rules of Court, Rule 2.812 (c)].

MCLE credit will be provided for all required training.

Upcoming Training Events

If a course is not being offered by the Superior Court of San Bernardino County, attorneys may take courses in any other California county when it is offered.

Application Information

Eligibility to serve as a Temporary Judge requires submission of an Application Packet which shall include the following:
  1. Application (renewal or initial)
  2. Certificate of Completion for Bench Conduct and Demeanor training
  3. Certificate of Completion for online Ethics training
  4. Certificate(s) of Completion for substantive area training

Submit your completed application packet to the Superior Court of San Bernardino County, Attention: Eileen M. Stutson, 247 W. Third Street, 11th Floor, San Bernardino, CA 92415. The application packet can also be faxed to (909) 708-8754 or emailed to Ms. Stutson at

Neither appointment nor service as a temporary judge creates any employment relationship with the Court. Click here for a checklist of documents needed to become a Temporary Judge.


The eligibility period for serving as a Temporary Judge pursuant to California Rule of Court 2.812, is valid for a three-year period. Attorneys renewing their status as a Temporary Judge are required to provide verification of the mandatory Bench Conduct and Demeanor and Ethics training and one substantive matter.

Financial Disclosure Required Under the California Fair Political Practices Act

The California Code of Regulations require Temporary Judges who sit thirty days or more in a calendar year to file with the clerk of the court the statement of economic interests (Form 700) required of regular judicial officers. This form can be found online at Temporary Judges are responsible for keeping track of the number of days that they serve. The San Bernardino Court Temporary Judge Administrator can also help answer any questions or concerns.

Temporary Judge Resources

Governing Rules

California Rules of Court Governing Temporary Judges   Rules 2.810 - 2.819 and Rules 2.830 - 2.835   Rules 10.740 - 10.746