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Welcome from CJER


Welcome from CJER


Welcome to CJER’s online course on Small Claims Court: Procedures and Practices. Because it is always available online, it is especially useful to temporary judges or other judicial officers who have been recently assigned to small claims court. It provides more experienced judges with a convenient reference for related statutes, rules, and forms.

As with CJER publications, this online course is a group effort. The list of credits below is eloquent testimony to the numbers of people and many hours that went into its preparation.

But development of an online course does not end here. Feedback from those who take the course is critical to its evolution and the design of future courses. We expect to offer more online judicial education courses in the areas of criminal proceedings and other civil topics. By submitting your comments after taking this course, you will help refine the model for future courses.

Thanks in advance for taking time to contribute to the development of CJER's judicial education online course library.




Many thanks to the following judicial officers who gave generously of their time and whose thoughtful comments contributed significantly to the development of this course.

Hon. Mary Thorton House
Hon. Tam Nomoto Schumann
Hon. Paul Slavit

Thanks also to the following judicial officers who appear in clips from a training video:

Hon. Ming W. Chin, California Supreme Court
Hon. Florence-Marie Cooper, US District Court, Central District of California
* We regret to announce that Judge Cooper died in January 2010. She is missed by the whole legal community.

CJER staff:

Diane E. Cowdrey, Ed.D. , Director
Jim Vesper, Assistant Director
Bob Schindewolf, Managing Attorney
Jeff Shea, Senior Attorney
Kimberly DaSilva, Attorney

Content review:

Patrick O'Donnell, Senior Attorney, OGC
Cara Vonk, Attorney, OGC


Ralph McMullan, Web Producer
Mandy Covey, Web Developer
Mary Durbin, Web Developer
Iris Okura, Senior Editor
Mary Trew, Senior Web Editor

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