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About the Position:

The Superior Court of California, County of Santa Cruz, is seeking highly qualified candidates to fill one vacancy for a full-time Court Commissioner.

Under the general direction of the Presiding Judge and Executive Committee of Judges, a Court Commissioner performs various subordinate judicial officer functions, including conducting hearings, making findings and issuing orders. The types of cases and hearings that may be assigned include criminal, traffic, minor violations, civil, family law and small claims. Commissioners may be assigned to hear other matters as necessary, and to do other work as required.


The Requirements:

Applicants must be current active members in good standing with the State Bar of California and admitted to practice law in California for at least five years.  Incumbents cannot engage in the active practice of law during employment with the court in this capacity.


Distinguishing Characteristics:

The incumbent of this single class position is required by law (Government Code Section 72190) and serve under the direction and at the pleasure of Superior Court Judges. Incumbent must also abide by all the Personnel Policies of the Santa Cruz Superior Court.

Commissioners may be assigned to work in any of the Santa Cruz Superior Court’s locations: Santa Cruz, Watsonville and Felton.   The position will require at least a 40-hour commitment per week. 


Typical Tasks:

Preside over all types of hearings involving traffic infractions and minor violation infractions. Review and respond to case-related correspondence. At times hear cases involving misdemeanors, limited civil, small claims and family law cases.


Knowledge of:

Thorough knowledge of:

•           The California court system; state and local rules of court; legal principles, case precedents, rules of evidence, and trial procedures.

•           Legal principles and procedures in a variety of case types.

•           Courtroom procedures.

•           Rules of evidence.


Ability to:

Objectively analyze and interpret legal issues and arguments, weigh 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; use relevant computer programs, including legal research, support calculation and word processing software; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with judges, attorneys, and other court and county staff.  Ability to serve as an on-call judicial officer on the after-hours duty judge program.


Working Conditions:

The work environment is professional, generally clean inside buildings with limited exposure to dust, fumes, odors, and noise. Incumbents will be working under sometimes difficult and stressful conditions, with frequent deadlines and expectations to produce high-quality work under limited time constraints. The ability to work independently as well as closely with others is required. Incumbents may encounter individuals who suffer from psychological impairments or drug/alcohol abuse.  Incumbent must have the ability to deal effectively with a diverse population.



The position of Court Commissioner is classified as salaried full-time employment and is compensated according to the following annual pay range:



The Court offers a generous benefits package, which includes life insurance, a choice of health and dental plans, a vision plan, membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), paid holidays and paid annual leave.



Only those candidates who submit a completed application packet (application and resume) by 5 p.m. on March 2, 2020, and who meet the minimum qualifications will be considered for the position. The Court reserves the right to use other screening methods for this recruitment as appropriate.


Applications are available on our website: (by clicking the link for “Employment”). For additional information, please email the Court at or call (831) 420-2275. The hearing impaired TDD# is (831) 429-5514. Application packets can be emailed to or mailed to the following address:


Superior Court of California, County of Santa Cruz

Human Resources Department

701 Ocean Street, Room 110

Santa Cruz, California 95060





The Grunsky Law Firm in Watsonville has an opening for a Probate Paralegal.  Duties include:


            Estate administration:  preparation of documents:  petitions, notices, inventories, accountings, distribution, transfer of assets, etc.; summary administration such as 13100 declarations, spousal property petitions, joint tenancy termination, small estates, etc.; drafting documents; client interview; calendaring due dates for annual accountings; research re procedures and documents.


            Conservatorship and guardianship proceedings:  preparation of petitions, notices, and related documents to commence proceedings; accountings; termination, etc.; monitoring of files to keep them moving along and calendaring due dates for annual accountings; research re procedures and documents.


            Trust administration:  preparation of inventories, petitions, notices, etc. to administer living trust after death of trustor/trustee; preparation of documents to funds various trusts, including affidavits of death, deeds and other transfer documents required by the various agencies; client interview to obtain necessary information; preparation of petitions.


            Estate and trust litigation:  Experience with court rules, and filing procedures with Federal and State courts, preparation of pleadings, discovery, notices, etc.; interview witnesses; trial preparation; research re procedures and documents.


            Other duties include screening new clients, checking for conflicts of interest, typing of letters, pleadings, agreements, statements, appellate briefs, etc.; scheduling appointments and calendaring due dates; opening files, answering correspondence; and related duties.



Position Requirements:


Paralegal Certificate with Bachelor’s Degree strongly preferred; 3-5 years of experience as a Litigation Paralegal with Probate and Estate experience; Ability to effectively set priorities, meet deadlines, and manage multiple projects for several attorneys; Strong verbal and written communication skills; Exceptionally well organized and detail oriented; Adaptable to changing priorities; flexible; Excellent interpersonal skills; Ability to work as part of a team with all levels of experiences as well as independently while being productive and proactive; Ability to troubleshoot issues and create solutions; Proficient in Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); Notary public preferred


Position is full time and offers competitive compensation.  Benefits include paid time off, health insurance, 401k, optional vision and dental insurance and Flexible Spending Account.  Email resumes to








RECRUITMENT NOW OPEN! County Counsel of San Benito County is accepting applications for the position of Deputy County Counsel I, II or III. We are seeking an attorney with previous experience in the public sector (minimum of one year preferred) to provide legal counsel to County departments and districts as assigned, and to represent the County as needed in civil litigation matters.


Our office is small but busy, with a pleasant dynamic of 5 full-time attorneys on staff. Located in downtown Hollister, we are just under an hour south of San Jose and 45 minutes from both the Monterey Bay and Santa Cruz area, making us very commuter-friendly! We would like to recruit and retain a new attorney as soon as possible! We look forward to having you join our team!




Full description of each class can be found below:


Deputy County Counsel I:


Deputy County Counsel II:


Deputy County Counsel III:


Job Type: Full-time

Annual Salary: $63,980.80 to $115,003.20, plus benefits

Application Deadline: 5pm, February 28, 2020



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Generalist Attorney

We currently have an opening for an associate attorney in our Monterey office. The candidate will handle a variety of legal issues encountered by public school districts and other public agencies. We seek bright, motivated, innovative individuals who thrive in a collaborative and fast-paced environment. All candidates must have excellent academic credentials; strong research, writing, and analysis skills; a sense of humor and a commitment to team work.  One to three years practicing as an attorney; prior public agency and/or labor law experience is preferred, but not required.


Legal Administrative Assistant

We currently have an opening in our Monterey Office for a Legal Administrative Assistant. Qualified candidates are team players with excellent communication and interpersonal skills and are able to work with a variety of people. Must be highly organized, detail-oriented, be positive, proactive, have strong administrative skills, and professional.


This is an entry to mid-level, full-time position. Candidates must have

  • One to three years secretarial and/or administrative assistant experience;
  • Law firm or legal setting experience a plus;
  • Strong attention to detail, and high level of organizational skills;
  • Familiarity with setting up meetings, managing calendars and travel coordination;
  • Exceptional writing, proofreading, technology, and administrative skills;
  • advanced knowledge of and experience with MS Word and Outlook
  • Strong communication and critical thinking skills;
  • the ability to multitask and work with several attorneys simultaneously


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