Merced Superior Court

627 W. 21st St
Merced , CA
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Court Commissioner

Merced Superior Court
Merced, CA Full time
Posted on November 8, 2017

Court Commissioner

Merced Superior Court

Biweekly Salary: $6,539.84

Official application and detailed job flyer can be obtained from:

Merced Superior Court

Human Resources

627 W. 21st St.,  Merced, CA 95340

Or from our website

Filing Deadline:  4:30pm 12/1/17   EOE 

Under general direction of the Presiding Judge, a Court Commissioner is a subordinate judicial officer whose duties are governed by law and are based on the best interest of the Court. A Court Commissioner may be assigned to perform the duties of a Temporary Judge and have interchangeable assignments. This position shall maintain the independence of the judiciary and possess the utmost dignity, character and demeanor that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary. Conduct of a Court Commissioner must comply with the code of Judicial Ethics. 


The Court Commissioner performs judicial functions for the Court, assisting the Court in disposing of business connected with the administration of justice. This position is distinguished form the position of judge in that it is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the judges and acts only as a temporary judge, presiding over cases as directed, at the stipulation of the parties. Incumbents that the responsibility of interpreting, enforcing, and carrying out current laws. Actions to be taken and decision to be made include researching specified decision issues and issuing judgements and orders. 


Examples of essential duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducts arraignments, including the issuance and signing of bench warrants for failure to appear or violation of any other court order
  • Presides over proceedings in one or more of the following: civil and small claims actions, criminal and traffic arraignments; unlawful detainer; hearings and trials of infractions; misdemeanors; felonies; probate, family law and juvenile court
  • Takes pleas, grants continuances; sets cases for trail; hears criminal court and jury trials; and hears preliminary hearings in felony cases
  • Imposes sentences
  • Receives case petitions from various justice partners including but not limited to the Department of Human Services, District Attorney's office, and Probation Department


Qualifying Experience and Education Experience:

Active membership in the California State Bar for at least 10 years continuously prior to appointment.


Served as a judge of a court of record in California within the last five years, or is currently eligible for the Assigned Judge Program.


Served as a commissioner, magistrate, referee, or hearing office authorize to perform the duties of a subordinate judicial officer of a court of record of California within the last five (5) years.


Is a citizen of the United States. Is a resident of the State of California. 

License, Certification and/or Special Requirements:

A valid class C California driver’s license may be required. The requirement will be reviewed on a position basis in accordance with ADA regulations.

While serving the Court, a commissioner is prohibited form the private practice of law.