Court Volunteer Opportunites

Learn about important opportunities to get involved with the Contra Costa Superior Court and apply to participate.

Temporary Judge Program

Serving as a temporary judge for the Superior Court is a great way for experienced attorneys to:

  • Serve an overtaxed court system and assist the community
  • Develop valuable experience in court operations and procedures
  • Gain the respect and appreciation of our local bench officers

The Superior Court is in need of attorneys to assist with calendars including:

  • Civil Harassment
  • Discovery
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Law (support only)
  • Juvenile Dependency and Delinquency
  • Probate
  • Small Claims
  • Small Claims Appeals
  • Traffic
  • Unlawful Detainer


Do you qualify for the Temporary Judge Program?

Temporary judges serve at the discretion of the presiding judge and are screened, trained and evaluated to serve as temporary judges pursuant to California Rules of Court, 2.810 et seq.

Eligible candidates must have been admitted to practice for at least 10 years and must satisfy other eligibility requirements, including completing a combination of at least 12 hours of online and in-person training every three years in judicial ethics and demeanor, and having knowledge of the substantive law associated with any calendar he/she might call.


How to apply for the Temporary Judge Program

If you qualify, please visit the Temporary Judge Program on the Superior Court website for directions on how to become a part of this valuable program.

Discovery Facilitator Program

In an effort to avoid protracted, costly and unnecessary discovery disputes, the Contra Costa Superior Court launched a Discovery Facilitator program.

Since February 2013, parties with civil discovery disputes have been required to submit contested discovery issues for review and assessment by local attorney volunteers with at least 10 years’ experience litigating civil or probate cases.

View more information on this program and apply to serve.

Volunteers Needed to Help with Eviction Cases

There is an urgent need for volunteers to serve as an “Attorney of the Day” and/or be available
to provide pro bono consultations to litigants in eviction cases. A small amount of your time can
make a big difference for tenants, landlords, and the Court.

Since the eviction moratorium has expired the court is anticipating an influx of new
cases. There are, however, many landlords and tenants who cannot afford to retain legal
counsel. Therefore, we need your help.

Volunteers are needed to serve as “Attorney of the Day” and/or be available to provide pro
bono consultations to litigants. Read more information on this program.