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Job Recruitment: Traffic Commissioner

Final Filing Date: October1, 2018 @ 5 PM


About the Position

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

Under general direction of the Presiding Judge and Executive Committee, a Traffic 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 arraignments and dispositions, and traffic matters. Commissioners may be assigned to hear other matters as necessary, and to do other work as required.



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 active practice of law during employment with the court in this capacity.

Background Investigation

Fingerprinting is required. 


Distinguishing Characteristics

The incumbent of this single class position is required by law (Government Code Section 72190) to possess the same qualifications as a Superior Court Judge 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.   Position will require a 16-hour commitment per week. 


Typical Tasks

Conducts traffic infraction arraignments; conducts traffic trials; conducts juvenile traffic court; may hear and determine criminal infraction and misdemeanor matters within assigned jurisdiction; and hears and determines other matters as necessary.


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.

·       Traffic and criminal procedures.

·       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.


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 expectation to produce high-quality work under limited time constraints. The ability to work independently as well as closely with others is required.



Only those candidates who submit a completed application packet (application and resume) by 5 p.m. on Monday, October 1, 2018, and who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to a formal interview.  The Court reserves the right to use other screening methods for the purposes of this recruitment as appropriate.


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




This is a non-benefitted part-time position.  Applicants that are current CalPERS members should contact the Court’s Human Resources Department.         


Application Materials

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 Superior Court of Santa Cruz County is an equal opportunity employer. Equal employment opportunity will be afforded to all qualified applicants or employees with respect to compensation and terms and conditions of employment, including hiring, training, promotion, transfer, discipline, and termination.




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Please submit your resume and cover letter for consideration to Executive Director, P.O. Box 2510, Salinas, CA 93902 or email  

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