Here are some fast facts about the San Diego Superior Court
Area Served = 4,261 square miles
Population Served = More than 3.1 million people
Court Facilities = 10 Court Facilities (Click on link for more information about the facilities.)
Judicial Officers = 130 Judges, 24 Commissioners
A Judge has the authority to decide cases brought before the court. A judge is either elected to the court or appointed by the Governor.
A commissioner is an attorney selected by the judges of the court and given powers to hear and make decisions concerning certain legal matters, including family and juvenile court cases, as well as criminal, traffic, small claims and unlawful detainer cases.
PRO TEM JUDGE (also called a TEMPORARARY JUDGE or JUDGE PRO TEMPORE)
A pro tem judge is an attorney volunteer who has been approved by the court to hear and make decisions in certain cases, including small claims, traffic, and certain juvenile matters. A pro tem judge may also conduct settlement conferences in family and civil cases.
Support Staff = 1,440 Employees (as of 01-01-11)
Support Staff includes: Accounting, Administrative, Budget, Business Office, Courtroom, Reporters, Facilities, Family Court Counselors, Family Law Facilitators, Mediators, Human Resources, Interpreters, Information Technology, Secretaries, Legal Services, Pretrial Services, Public Affairs/Community Outreach, and Substance Abuse Assessors.