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Court Commissioner

Kings County Superior Court • Hanford, CA

Posted 23 days ago

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Job Description

The Superior Court of California, County of Kings is seeking a Court Commissioner. The Court Commissioner classification is established as an “At-Will” position and, as such, the incumbent serves at the pleasure of the Superior Court Presiding Judge.

About the Position:
Under the supervision and general direction of the Presiding Judge or his/her designee, this professional level position performs various judicial functions as prescribed by law or conferred by the Court; and to perform related duties as required. The Superior Court and the Commission on Judicial Performance concurrently monitor the conduct of Court Commissioners. Commissioners are subject to the same Canons of Ethics as Judges. Law prohibits Commissioners from engaging in the practice of law.
Distinguishing Characteristics
The Court Commissioner classification reports to and serves at the pleasure of the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court and is subject to the non-judicial administrative supervision of the Court Executive Officer. This is established as an exempt position. The incumbent hears cases assigned by the Presiding Judge and may serve as Judge Tempore in accordance with state law.
Examples of Duties
• Acts as a subordinate judicial officer 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.
• Predominantly presides over proceedings in family law but also may hear cases in civil, including unlawful detainer and small claim actions, and probate. May also hear cases in criminal and traffic matters.
• 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; may arraigns defendants; sets cases for hearing and trial; conducts court and jury trials and may accept pleas and imposes sentences.
Superior Court of the State of California
County of Kings
1640 Kings County Drive Hanford, CA 93230
(559) 582-1010 Extension 6021
• 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.
• Holds pre-hearing conferences for the settlement and simplification of issues.
• Researches specified decisional issues.
• Performs other related work as required and assigned by the Presiding Judge.
The ideal job applicant will possess all of the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) listed below, including other KSAs and meet all minimum requirements.
The Superior Court of the State of California, County of Kings has approximately 91 positions. The Court is currently comprised of seven (7) Judges, one (1) Superior Court Commissioner; and one (1) AB 1058 Commissioner.
The Court has jurisdiction in all cases in equity; cases involving title to or possession of real property; all civil cases including probate, guardianship, domestic relations, adoption matters, unlawful detainers and small claims; felony and misdemeanor criminal cases; juvenile offenses, including traffic matters; and, appeals.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Knowledge of legal principles, precedents and courtroom procedures.
• Knowledge of California Civil Code, Penal Code, Evidence Code, Rules of Court, Code of
Civil Procedure, Family Law Code and Welfare and Institutions Code.
• Knowledge of case law, federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations as they apply to
the duties assigned.
• Ability to handle a large number of cases effectively and efficiently.
• Ability to objectively analyze and interpret legal issues, principles and arguments and control
courtroom procedures and protocols.
• Must be able to conduct fair and impartial hearings in a manner that will obtain all pertinent
evidence and secure confidence and respect.
• Must be able to speak clearly, effectively and persuasively before all audiences.
• Must be able to exercise appropriate judicial temperament and demeanor.
• Must be able to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.
• Must be able to adapt to new case management systems and accompanying protocols.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Superior Court
Bench, Court Staff, members of the Bar, and various governmental agencies.
Educational and Work Experience Requirements:
• Active, valid membership in the California State Bar.
• Admitted to practice of law in California for a period of at least ten (10) years, or on a finding
of good cause by the Presiding Judge, for at least a period of five (5) years; unless inactive
membership due to previously holding the position of judge, referee or commissioner.

Citizenship in the United States and residency in California. Must possess a valid California Class ‘C” driver's license. Ability to qualify for a security clearance through fingerprinting, traffic and criminal record background investigation, random drug testing and regular TB testing.


The Court offers a benefit package to its regular full-time employees (pro-rated if not hired at the beginning of the plan year) which include 13 Court approved holidays; accrued annual leave (accrual based on hours worked, minimum 2 weeks/year); a Flexible Benefit Plan to purchase a variety of health insurance plans and related benefits such as Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Deferred Compensation, Administrative Leave, Medical Reimbursement, Dependent Care Reimbursement, Life Insurance, Cancer Policy, and Short-term/Long-term Disability. A Retirement Plan is provided [2% at age 62] through California Public Employees Retirement System [P.E.R.S.]. A Classic P.E.R.S. Member Retirement Plan is offered [2% at age 55] only if the employee does not have a six-month break in service as a previous CalPERS member or retirement plan member that is reciprocal with P.E.R.S. An Employee Assistance Program is also provided.

CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled


Applicants must submit the following Required Application Materials on or before the Final Filing Date. Resumes are welcome and may further enhance your qualifications but are not acceptable as a replacement for the original application form. Incomplete or indistinct descriptions of employment experience may disqualify a candidate.
Required Application Materials:
• Letter of Interest
• Resume (must include State Bar Number, email address and cell phone number)
• Original Court Application Signed
• Response to Supplemental Questionnaire
• Attach a Written Brief or Other Legal Memoranda you prepared within the past twelve (12) months. Limit your memorandum to five (5) pages
• Provide the Court with a minimum of three references.
Application materials must be submitted in person, by mail or email by the filing due date A résumé or faxed application cannot substitute for an original Court application.

The Court Application is available on-line at our website: For further information or to receive an application in person or by mail (applications only mailed out to individuals residing outside of Kings County), please contact:

Superior Court of the State of California,
County of Kings
Attn: Human Resources Division
1640 Kings County Drive
Hanford, CA 93230
(559) 582-1010 Extension 6021
EOE/AA Employer
[This is not an offer of employment by the County of Kings or State of California

Job ID: 103880431
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