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  • April 18, 2018 1:59 PM | Rachael Jander (Administrator)

    Presented by the Probate Attorneys of San Diego and the Elder Law and Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Sections of the San Diego County Bar Association

    Probate Attorneys of San Diego (PASD) and the SDCBA will join forces for a program explaining the countywide San Diego Elder & Dependent Abuse Blueprint. District Attorney Summer Stephan will be joined by Deputy District Attorney Damon Mosler, Chief of Economic Crimes Division and Deputy District Attorney Scott Pirrello, Family Protection Division to explain the newly launched blueprint, which was created to provide a coordinated response from all the agencies that serve and protect elders. The Blueprint, which will continue to be developed over time, currently includes best-practice guidelines for dispatchers, first responders, follow-up investigators, prosecutors, and other agencies. It also takes into consideration the various health challenges, such as Alzheimer’s or other related disorders and/or cultural issues facing aging San Diego citizens. Read more about the Blueprint here.

    Networking reception will begin immediately following the presentation. Drinks and light appetizers will be provided.

    To register, please visit the SDCBA website.

  • February 16, 2018 12:21 PM | Rachael Jander (Administrator)

    The next Bench Conduct and Demeanor Training for Temporary Judges / Settlement Conference Attorneys has been scheduled as follows:




    Friday, March 23, 2018


    1:00 p.m. to 1: 25 p.m.


    1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


    Central Courthouse

    1100 Union Street

    Jury Lounge (3rd Floor)

    San Diego, CA 92101






    Friday, August 24, 2018


    8:30 a.m. to 8:55 a.m.


    9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


    North County Courthouse

    325 S. Melrose Avenue

    Jury Lounge

    Vista, CA 92081

    There is no charge to attend the class but pre-enrollment is requested because class space is limited.  Metered parking/spaces in paid lots is available for the class in Central/Downtown San Diego but we are unable to reimburse you.  Free parking is available at the North County location.


    Attendees who complete the training will receive the following MCLEs:

    Ø   One hour MCLE Elimination of Bias credit;
    Ø   One hour MCLE Ethics credit*and
    Ø   One hour MCLE General credit

     *Ethics:  The Ethics credit for this course does not fulfill the continuing education requirement to complete the 3-hour online “Judicial Ethics for Temporary Judges” class every 3 years or as part of the application process to become a Temporary Judge/Settlement Attorney.  Judicial Ethics for Temporary Judges is available online.


    More information on the Temporary Judge / Settlement Conference Attorney program can be found on the court’s website at:

    Please email Amber Scott (amber.scott@sdcourt.ca.gov) if you would like to reserve a space for one of these classes or if you have any questions regarding the Temporary Judge / Settlement Conference Attorney program.


  • March 03, 2017 10:39 AM | Rachael Jander (Administrator)

    Per California Rule Court 7.1101, all appointed counsel must certify to the court before March 31st of each year that they continue to remain qualified for appointments.  Please provide the court with updated versions of the following documents:

    ·                      Court Appointed Attorney Cover Sheet (PR-150)

    ·                      Annual Certification of Court-Appointed Attorney (GC-011)

    ·                      Proof of Current Malpractice Insurance

    Please do not hesitate to contact the CI Clerk in the business office at 619-450-7676 should you have any questions or concerns.

  • February 14, 2017 12:50 PM | Rachael Jander (Administrator)

    PASD's Probate Handbook is available to our members free of charge. To download a PDF version, navigate to "Digital Resources" under the "Members" tab on the menu bar.

    The handbook is also available for purchase for $75. Non-members who wish to purchase a copy should contact us at sdprobateattorneys@gmail.com.

  • February 13, 2017 12:59 PM | Rachael Jander (Administrator)

    If you are interested in joining the 2017 PASD Conference of Delegates Delegation, please contact Hilary Vrem at hilary@bjjlaw.com.

  • February 11, 2017 1:41 PM | Rachael Jander (Administrator)
    PASD's monthly CLE luncheons are scheduled for the third Wednesday of every month at the Handlery Hotel in Mission Valley. Mark the following dates in your calendar to ensure you can make it to each one!

    March 15, 2017
    April 19, 2017
    May 17, 2017
    June 21, 2017
    July 19, 2017
    August 16, 2017
    September 20, 2017
    October 18, 2017

    Be on the look-out for future emails with the topic and speaker for each CLE. We look forward to seeing you there!

  • February 10, 2017 12:12 PM | Rachael Jander (Administrator)

    What is a Temporary Judge and/or a Settlement Attorney
    Temporary judges (commonly referred to as "pro tems") and settlement attorneys provide a valuable service in some of the court's busiest venues. Each month, hundreds of attorneys regularly serve as temporary judges and settlement attorneys in trial courts across the state. Often people experience their only "day in court" before a temporary judge or settlement attorney.

    Need for Temporary Judges and Settlement Attorneys in San Diego
    As the second largest trial court system in the state and the third largest in the nation, the San Diego Superior Court requires the service of many temporary judges and settlement attorneys each month. The court utilizes them to hear various types of cases, including small claims, traffic, and probate, and to hear settlement conferences in family and civil cases. Temporary judges and settlement attorneys can serve in various convenient court locations, including Central (Downtown), Kearny Mesa, South County (Chula Vista), East County (El Cajon), and North County (Vista). Evening scheduling may also be available for small claims and traffic cases.

    Rules and Administrative Policy Governing Temporary Judges and Settlement Attorneys
    The California Judicial Council, which governs all California state courts, enacted rules 2.810 - 2.834 of the California Rules of Court to govern the selection, training, appointment, supervision, and evaluation of court-appointed temporary judges. The rules resulted from a year-long state study which showed public dissatisfaction with certain types of cases. The public perceived procedural fairness to be lower in traffic, family, and small claims cases compared to other case types. Because these are areas in which court-appointed temporary judges are often used, the state revised the regulations to enhance the quality of temporary judging. Click on the link at the right to see the rules governing temporary judges. These rules formed the basis for the court's revised administrative policy, which applies to both temporary judges and settlement attorneys.

    Applying to be a Temporary Judge and/or Settlement Attorney
    To qualify for appointment as a temporary judge and/or settlement attorney, an applicant must be an active member of the California State Bar in good standing for at least ten years immediately preceding appointment. For a complete list of requirements, andn a checklist, click on the links at the right.  Applications are now being accepted and reviewed by the court. Click on the link to access the fillable Application form.

    The rules require that applicants complete mandatory "live" training in bench conduct and demeanor, plus on-line training in ethics, and substantive areas. MCLE credit will be provided for all required training.

    Applicants will also be required to successfully complete a local background check and a live scan background check, which is an inkless fingerprint process that checks the Department of Justice and the FBI databases at no cost to the applicant. Click on the link to see the Background Investigation Form.

    For more information about the court's Temporary Judge Program, please contact Amber Scott at Amber.Scott@sdcourt.ca.gov or 619-450-5431.

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