Pro Tempore

Court Pro Tempore Applications

A Pro Tempore Judge or Commissioner is often referred to as a "Pro Tem". This position temporarily fills in the duties of a Court Commissioner or Judge. Applicants are chosen by the Clark County Superior Court Judges.

Clark County Superior Court is Accepting applications for Pro Tempores. Pro Tempores are most often used for the following dockets: 

  1. Juvenile Criminal
  2. Truancy/CHINS/ARY
  3. Dependency
  4. Family Law (Finalizations, Pro Se, Modifications, Show Cause)
  5. DVPO/SAPO/Anti-Harassment
  6. ITA Hearings
  7. Guardianship and Probate
  8. Drug Court
  9. Unlawful Detainers


  • Minimum seven (7) years of practicing law
  • Minimum two (2) years practicing law in Washington
  • Preferably one (1) year practicing law in Clark County
  • Courtroom/litigation experience required

All applications must include:

  1. A resume, which outlines the applicant’s professional knowledge, skills, years of experience, training/ certifications, professional affiliations, and references. Application should demonstrate qualifications listed above.

  2. A cover letter, which specifies which court dockets for which the applicant is applying to pro tempore. The letter must indicate:

  3. The number of years of experience in the area of law for the dockets of interest; and

  4. Number of years experience and proficiency using Liberty, OnBase, Odyssey and/or other case management software; and

  5. The applicant’s ability to accept assignments on short notice.

  6. Proof of Washington State Bar Association membership.

  7. A signed release allowing the Washington State Bar Association to disclose complaint and resolution information to the Court Administrator. (A link to the disclosure form is on Superior Court website and also available by contacting Tia Testerman at 564-397-2150 or


All applications must be addressed to:

Clark County Superior Court

Attn: Cheryl Stone, Court Administrator

PO Box 5000

Vancouver, WA 98666-5000

or email

The names of the applicants and application documents are not confidential. Input will be solicited from the Clark County Bar Association, specialty Bar groups and the public. If you have any questions concerning the application process, please contact Cheryl Stone at 564-397-4266.