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  • March 03, 2017 10:39 AM | Joanne Briggs (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 | Joanne Briggs (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 | Joanne Briggs (Administrator)

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

  • February 10, 2017 12:12 PM | Joanne Briggs (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.


  • September 01, 2016 4:36 AM | Anonymous

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