The mission of the Nevada County Superior Court is to ensure fair and equal access to justice, inspire trust and confidence in the court, and to treat everyone with dignity and respect.

To achieve this mission, the court has three guiding pillars:

Operational Excellence is embracing a mindset of continual improvement, project management, and high standards of work to enhance our professionalism, efficiency, and effectiveness.

Culture of Service is cultivating an environment to support one another and serve the community, fostering a sense of connection and shared commitment.

Cybersecurity is safeguarding our ability to serve as a trusted organization in the virtual realm, ensuring the security and integrity of our connections with partners and the public.


Under general direction, this at-will, professional level position performs various judicial functions as prescribed by law or conferred by the court. Commissioners are subordinate judicial officers and employees that serve at the pleasure of the court under the direction of the Presiding Judge and Court Executive Officer. The power and authority of court commissioners is specified in Article VI, Section 22, of the California Constitution, Code of Civil Procedure Section 259 and Government Code Section 71622.   Commissioners have the same jurisdiction and exercise the same powers and duties as the judges of the court with respect to infractions and small claims actions, and in other matters, pursuant to stipulation of the parties. Commissioners perform judicial and quasi-judicial functions to assist the court in performing its constitutional and statutory duties for the administration of justice, with primary responsibility for presiding over a daily court calendar as assigned, including acting as a temporary judge in appropriate cases, and performing other related duties as assigned.


This professional level class performs subordinate judicial duties, assisting the court with the administration of justice, including acting as a temporary judge in certain types of cases.  It is distinguished from the position of judge in that it is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the court and acts only as a temporary judge, presiding over cases as directed, upon stipulation of the parties.

The Position


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Acts as a temporary judge in court cases pursuant to the stipulation of counsel or parties; conducts a daily court calendar; presides over hearings and trials; makes rulings, findings, judgments, and orders.
  • Exercises the same powers and duties as a judge of the court in assigned cases, with the same jurisdiction.
  • May hear and determine ex parte motions for orders, alternative writs and writs of habeas corpus.
  • May be assigned responsibility for hearing, reporting on and determining uncontested actions and proceedings, as well as set bail after court hours.
  • Presides over proceedings in one or more of the following:  family law, civil and small claims actions; criminal and traffic arraignments; hearings and trials of infractions, misdemeanors and felonies, probate, family law and juvenile court.
  • Serves as Child Support Commissioner for AB1058 cases for this court and other courts as assigned.
  • Arraigns defendants, grants continuances, hears, reviews, and rules on a variety of petitions, motions and other actions; takes evidence from concerned parties and other witnesses, makes or recommends appropriate court orders; accepts pleas and imposes sentences; sets cases for hearing and trial; conducts court and jury trials.
  • Reviews court files, documents, and related materials to assess cases prior to and following hearings; prepares court documents, records, reports, correspondence, and other written materials pertaining to case findings.

Typical Qualifications


Knowledge of:

  • Legal principles and precedents as applied to judicial procedures;
  • The judicial system, including but not limited to criminal, juvenile, family and civil law;
  • California Codes such as Vehicle, Penal, Evidence, Civil, and Civil Procedure;
  • California Rules of Court and procedures related to the acceptance of pleas, rulings, sentencing and disposition of criminal cases;
  • Court procedures, protocols and calendaring practices;
  • Code of Ethics for California Court Employees;
  • California Code of Judicial Ethics;
  • Court methods and practices; legal terminology and document processing;
  • Courtroom activities and procedures;
  • Modern office equipment and software including computers and copiers;
  • Computer software applications including the Court’s case and queue management systems, as well as email, word processing and spreadsheet programs;
  • Basic mathematical computations, and;
  • Principles of English grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

Ability to: 

  • Objectively analyze and interpret legal issues, principles and arguments;
  • Direct and control courtroom proceedings in a decisive, orderly and equitable manner;
  • Communicate orally and in writing in a concise and effective manner;
  • Work in a fast-paced, sometimes stressful, environment; exercise judicial temperament and demeanor; effectively handle pressure in difficult and unexpected situations by responding in a calm and rational manner;
  • Operate a variety of office equipment including computers;
  • Work cooperatively and interact tactfully with the public, justice partners, Court employees, Judicial Officers and with others contacted in the course of work;
  • Understand, explain, and apply laws, rules, and regulations;
  • Safeguard sensitive information and maintain confidentiality;
  • Reason analytically and organize facts; evaluate situations and resolve problems;
  • Use sound judgement in carrying out responsibilities;
  • Effectively multi-task and prioritize work to meet deadlines, and;
  • Travel between Court facilities when required.


  • A Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school.
  • Pursuant to California Rules of Court, Rule 10.701(b)(1) be “ . . . admitted to practice law in California for at least 10 years or, on a finding of good cause by the presiding judge, for at least 5 years.
  • Must demonstrate relevant legal experience as deemed sufficient by the judges of the court.  Experience in the practice of family law is desired.
  • In accordance with California Rules of Court, Rule 5.30, within six months of beginning a family law assignment, the judicial officer must attend a basic educational program on California law and procedure designed primarily for judicial officers; complete other continuing education as required.


  • Must be an active member of the California State Bar in good standing.
  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License and the ability to travel to both the Truckee and Nevada City locations is required.

Supplemental Information


  • Applications will be reviewed internally from May 13, 2024 through May 29, 2024
  • Invitations to interview will be emailed May 30, 2024 through June 6, 2024
  • First interview tentatively scheduled for June 14, 2024
  • Second interview tentatively scheduled for June 21, 2024

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