Butte Superior Court

One Court Street
Oroville , CA
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Butte Superior Court
Oroville, CA Full-time
Posted on July 11, 2018


Annual Salary: $170,037   Closing Date: Monday, August 6, 2018

Position Overview:

This is an at-will position, serving at the pleasure of the judges of the Superior Court. Under general direction of the
Presiding Judge, while serving all the judges, the Court Commissioner may perform various judicial functions as
prescribed by law or conferred by the Court. The power and authority of Court Commissioners are specified by statute.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This professional-level class performs subordinate judicial duties, assisting the Court with the administration of justice.
It is distinguished from the position of Judge in that the Court Commissioner acts as a temporary judge, presiding over
cases as directed and upon the stipulation of the parties.

Position Qualifications:

Education/Experience: Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school, and active valid membership in good
standing with the State Bar of California for a minimum of ten years. A minimum of ten years’ experience in civil,
criminal, family, juvenile, probate and/or law and motion litigation.


  • Active member of the California State Bar in good standing.
  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License.

Other Requirements:

  • Citizenship in the United States.
  • Incumbents cannot engage in active practice of law either for compensation or on a pro bono basis while employed
    by the Court in this capacity.
  • Candidates seeking appointment as a Court Commissioner must demonstrate relevant legal experience as deemed
    sufficient by the Judges of the Court.
  • In accordance with the requirements of the California Rules of Court, or as directed by the Presiding Judge, Court
    Commissioners are required to attend new judicial officer and continuing education programs.

Ideal Candidate:

The ideal candidate should have thorough knowledge of the California court system; State and local rules; legal
principles, case precedents, rules of evidence, and trial procedures.
The ability to objectively analyze and interpret legal issues and arguments, weight evidence, draw inferences, and
reach logical and legal conclusions; work under various time constraints and exacting professional standards; exercise
appropriate judicial temperament and demeanor; direct and control courtroom proceedings in a decisive, orderly and
equitable manner.


Compensation Package:

Salary: $170,037 Annually
 CalPERS retirement
 New/PEPRA Members: 2% @ 62
 Classic Members: 2% @ 55
 Annual Time Off:
 13 Holidays
 12 days of Sick Leave
 28 days of Vacation (which is accrued on a bi-weekly basis)
 Choice of 4 Health Insurance Plans (HMO/PPO)
 Dental & Vision Insurance
 $25,000 Basic Life Insurance (paid by the Court) - Additional voluntary coverage available for purchase
 Short Term and Long Term disability plans
 Eligible for 100% reimbursement of fees for licensing and certification (i.e. State Bar membership dues)
 ICMA 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
 ADP Flexible Spending Section 125 Account (Health / Dependent Care)
 Employee Assistance Program


Application Process:

You can download an application from the Butte Superior Court’s website at You may also
request an application by contacting Butte Superior Court Human Resources at 530-532-7103 or

Applicants must submit a TYPED Superior Court Employment Application, a detailed resume and answers to
the supplemental questions, which must be received by Human Resources office by 4:00 pm on Monday August
6, 2018. Find supplemental questionnaire at Additional attachments and/or documents are welcome; however, they will not be accepted in lieu of the
required documents. Applications may be dropped off at or mailed to either Butte Superior Court location (1 Court
Street in Oroville / 1775 Concord Avenue in Chico); faxed to 530-532-7291; or e-mailed to
Postmarked applications will not be accepted.

All information on the application must be complete to permit comprehensive review. It is important that your
application show all the relevant education and work experience you possess, regardless of duration and including parttime
and military service. The application is the first step in the examination process, and the information that you
furnish will be used to determine your qualifications. Applications will be reviewed for minimum qualifications as
listed in this job description. Applicants must meet all of the minimum qualifications for the classification by the time
of filing. All correspondence regarding the selection process, including scheduled interviews is sent via email. You are
responsible for checking your email account on a regular basis to determine the status of your application.

Pre-Employment Policies:

  • Candidates will be subject to a background and reference check, including fingerprinting for criminal convictions
    through the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
  • All offers of employment are contingent upon submission of documents verifying identity and authorization to
    work in the United States, in accordance with the Immigration and Naturalization Control Act of 1986.
    (Verification conducted through E-Verify)

Selection Procedure:

Applicants will be notified of the selection procedure following review of application and approval of meeting the
minimum qualifications. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for August of 2018. Appointment to the position is
anticipated by early November of 2018. Before appointment, a background investigation and clearance is required,
and a financial disclosure statement pursuant to Fair Political Practices Commission Regulations is required within
30 days following appointment.


Policy of Nondiscrimination: The Butte County Superior Court does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy,
childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, marital status, sexual
orientation, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, family care status, political affiliation, military or
veteran status, marital status, or citizenship, or any other basis prohibited by law. Employment practices also shall not be based upon a perception
that an individual is associated with a person who has, or is perceived to have, any of these characteristics. Reasonable accommodation may be
made in the testing procedure as well as at the work site. Contact Court Human Resources at (530) 532-7013 in advance to request assistance.