Court Commissioner


Under the authority of the Judges of the Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento and at the direction of the Presiding Judge, Court Commissioners perform various judicial functions as prescribed by law or conferred by the Court.  The power and authority of Court Commissioners is specified by statute.  Court 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.

Please see job brochure (Download PDF reader) for additional information. Examples of Duties

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

1. Exercises the same powers and duties as a Judge of the Court in assigned cases, with the same jurisdiction; acts as a temporary judge in court cases pursuant to the stipulation of counsel and parties; conducts a daily court calendar; presides over hearings and trials; makes rulings, findings, judgments and orders.2. Presides over proceedings in one or more of the following:  civil and small claims actions; criminal and traffic arraignments; hearings and trials of infractions, misdemeanors and felonies; probate, family law and juvenile court.3. Adjudicates matters before the Court in compliance with California Law.4. Arraigns defendants; grants continuances; hears, reviews, makes finding of fact and rules on a variety of petitions, motions and other actions; renders judgments and issues orders; 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.5. 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.6. Presides over court and jury trials; listens to testimony and argument; evaluates evidence and rules of evidentiary objections.7. Conducts judicial hearings in family support cases involving Title IV of the Social Security Act, and cases filed by the District Attorney to establish paternity and other child support-related matters.8. Conducts proceedings with decorum and maintains order in the courtroom.9. Serves on judicial committees.

10. Performs other court-related duties as assigned by the Presiding Judge or                    his/her designee.Minimum Qualifications

Either I
Active member in good standing with the State Bar of California and admitted to practice law in California for at least ten (10) years, or on a finding of good cause by the Presiding Judge, for at least five (5) years.
Currently serving as a subordinate judicial officer in a trial court as of January 1, 2003.
Knowledge of:
Legal principles and precedents as applied to judicial procedures; general functions and organization of the judicial system, including the various divisions of the Court and the roles and functions of other justice agencies; statutes, regulations, rules, common law and procedures that govern the legal discipline of the assignment; principles, practices, methods and materials of legal research and analysis; legal terms, procedures, forms and pleadings used in court cases; trial and hearing procedures; California Evidence Code and California Rules of Court; California Code of Judicial Ethics; principles and practices of sound business communication and correct English usage, including spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Ability to:
Objectively analyze and interpret legal issues and arguments, weigh evidence, draw inferences, and reach logical and legal conclusions; handle high-volume assignments and make timely, effective decisions that conform to California Law; work under various time constraints and exacting professional standards; exercise appropriate judicial temperament and demeanor; solve problems creatively and with agility, consistent with the law and the Code of Judicial Ethics; direct and control courtroom proceedings in a decisive, orderly and equitable manner; read, understand, interpret relevant laws, rules, regulations and procedures; research legal questions as needed; monitor changes in the law applicable to the assignment; identify the facts from testimony and evidence, evaluate whether those facts support a finding under the applicable laws, reach sound conclusions, decide the matter and maintain an appropriate record of proceedings; use relevant computer programs including legal research, support calculation and word processing; use online resources effectively; communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with Judges, attorneys, court and county employees, members of the public and others encountered in the course of work.Other Information

United States citizenship is required for appointment.
Court Commissioners are prohibited from practicing law during employment with the Court in this capacity.
Must be able to pass a criminal history background check.


Well-established downtown Sacramento law firm seeks a senior attorney for its Public Agency practice group.  The ideal candidate will have at least 7years of experience in general municipal law, preferably serving as a deputy city attorney or city attorney.  Candidate must have strong academic credentials, high level analytical skills and excellent communication and business development skills.  A book of business is not necessary, but would be a plus.  We offer a generous benefits package and the opportunity to develop your skills and grow professionally.

Desired candidate should have significant experience in all of the following areas:

•          Open government (Brown Act, Conflicts of Interest, Public Records Act).

•          Drafting ordinances and resolutions.

•          Drafting and advice on implementation of contracts for professional services and public works.

•          Land use and planning.

•          Litigation experience would be plus.

Please forward your resume, cover letter and writing sample to

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in employment and personnel practices on the basis of race, sex, age, handicap, religion, national origin or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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When: February 28th – March 1st

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More information here:

Associate Attorney – Insurance Coverage & Litigation

Nielsen Katibah is a boutique litigation firm that specializes in insurance coverage and civil appeals.  We are looking for 1 to 2 attorneys of any experience level to join our Sacramento office. We are a very busy collection of three lawyers that recently emerged from a ten-lawyer firm in the Bay Area. Our practice primarily consists of representing commercial insurers in litigation, including on appeal, though we sometimes dabble in other areas.

Experience with insurance coverage would be nice, but it is not required. Familiarity with discovery procedures is preferred, and candidates with working knowledge of both California and federal procedure will have an advantage. Our practice is geared towards brief writing and drafting complex coverage opinions, and so we seek skilled, interesting writers above everything else.

We offer a generous benefits package, a very competitive salary, and a congenial working environment designed to foster rapid advancement in the complex world of insurance law. Work hours are flexible, working remotely is allowed (not all the time), and candidates should be willing to occasionally travel throughout California, and sometimes out of state, for mediations and court hearings.

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and two writing samples to We prefer that one of the writing samples be non-legal, though if only legal writing samples are available, that is fine.  Feel free to submit, or not submit, your law school grades and class rank. We’re more interested in knowing why candidates are interested in a career in insurance law.  Please address cover letters to Dan Katibah, Managing Partner at 3712 Laguna Way, Sacramento, CA 95864.

Professional Office Space For Lease

Single story condo space located at Water Tower Plaza 2100 Northrop Avenue, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95825 (near Northrop and Howe).  The available space includes 3 offices with two secretarial stations, access to waiting room, conference room, break/kitchen/storage room and two bathrooms (within the suite).  Ample parking is available at no fee.  Family law attorney with secretary is co-tenant in this condo.  Estimated availability is February 1, 2019.

(916) 568-8272.   Paul L Brimberry

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