Mental Health Hearing Officer (Attorney Mediator)
Company: Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County
Location: Santa Clara
Posted on: June 20, 2022
Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara invites
applications for the position of:
Mental Health Hearing Officer (Attorney Mediator) - Extra Help
Applications may be filed online at:
The Hearing Officer must be an active member of the California
State Bar. This position isresponsible for a limited hearing
schedule serving in conjunction with other part-time Hearing
Officers as back-up to the primary Hearing Officer.
Part-time Non-Regular Mental Health Hearing Officer's, shall be
compensated for ascheduled "Hearing Block" at the rate of $250 for
each assignment. Expenses for mileageand parking in conjunction
with hearings and attendance at one administrative meeting a
quarterwill be reimbursed upon submission of receipts and mileage
A "Hearing Block" is a block of time required to complete scheduled
hearings at one (1) or more facilities. "Hearing Blocks" are
typically an average of four (4) hour blocks in either the morning
orafternoon during the work week, but can run shorter or possibly
longer, depending upon a particular case load for the day. "Hearing
Block" activity may also include hearing officer related business
such as presentations or training when requested by the Supervising
Judge. Initial agreements will be pro-rated to reflect services
through current fiscal year.
This Extra-Help, non-regular position is necessary to provide
services due to calendar overlap or when workload demands require
additional officers, coverage for vacation, illness, holidays and
other Court demands.
Typical schedule: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and as needed for
coverage. Schedule subject to change depending on needs of the
TYPICAL TASKS/REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES:
The Welfare and Institutions Code provides for the conduct of
certain hearings for persons subject to involuntary treatment in
mental health facilities. Section 5250 et. seq. provides for
aCertification Review Hearing to determine whether probable cause
exists to detain the person for intensive treatment related to
mental disorder or impairment by chronic alcoholism. Section 5332
et. seq. provides for 'Capacity Hearings' to determine whether a
patient detained for treatment lacks the legal capacity to consent
or withhold consent to antipsychotic medications. In Santa Clara
County, these hearings are conducted by Mental Health Hearing
Officers. The Superior Court is responsible for the selection,
compensation, and oversight of the hearing officers.
Conducts informal hearings applying the appropriate rules of
evidence and civil procedure,and consistent with the Mental Health
Hearing Program Procedures as established by the Superior Court at
designated facilities in the county:
Welfare and Institutions Code 5250 (certification reviews) to
determine whether probable cause exists to detain person for
intensive treatment related to a mental disorder orimpairment by
chronic alcoholism, and
Welfare and Institutions Code 5352 et. Seq. (Capacity Hearings) to
determine whether apatient detained fro treatment lacks the mental
capacity to consent or withhold consent toantipsychotic
SERVICES TO BE PERFORMED:
To conduct certification review and capacity hearings in
psychiatric hospitals throughout the County of Santa Clara as
assigned by the primary full-time Mental Health Hearing Officer.
Said hearings to be conducted pursuant to W&I Code Sections
5250 et seq and 5325 et seq and the Superior Court Policies and
Procedures for Certification Review and Capacity Hearings.
To ensure that all notices and decisions that pertain to matters
heard by the Hearing Officer are appropriately completed, and filed
or delivered to the Superior Court/County Clerk.
To attend meetings as arranged with the primary full-time Mental
Health Hearing Officer.
To maintain hearing logs as needed to support monthly claims and to
assist in the collection of program statistics.
EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS/TYPICAL QUALIFICATIONS:
Active membership in the State Bar of California, and;
A minimum of five (5) years post-bar experience in a private
practice or for a legal service provider or a governmental
Must refrain from the practice of law while employed with the Court
as a Mental HearingOfficer (Canon 6G of the Judicial Code of
All hearings are held in the mental health facilities located
throughout the County. HearingOfficers must be able to travel to
these facilities, arranging their own transportation.
Hearing Officers must hold a valid California Driver's License if
driving a motor vehicle.
Submission to background investigation is required upon conditional
offer of employment.
Legal principles and methodology, and;
California State Mental Health Laws.
Working with persons with mental disorders. Knowledge may have been
obtained in a recognized clinical agency, or mental health clinic,
psychiatric hospital, etc.
Representing clients at hearings related to conservatorship, social
security benefits, HabeasCorpus proceedings, etc.
Conduct fair and impartial hearings in a manner that will obtain
all pertinent evidence andsecure confidence and respect;
Understand and extract pertinent facts from clinical testimony and
patient case records;
Interpret complex legal and psychiatric regulations;
Analyze, appraise and apply legal principles, facts, evidence and
precedents to legalissues;
Present clear and logical statements of fact, law and arguments in
oral and written form;
Contribute effectively to the formulation and administration of the
Mental Health HearingProgram; and,
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the
Superior Court Bench,members of the Bar, mental health facilities,
various governmental agencies and Court staff.
Maintain a valid drivers license and vehicle insurance.
The work environment is 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 for high quality work; and with
periodic contact with angry and confrontational individuals. The
ability to work independently as well as closely with others is
Specific tasks and duties may vary with assignments; however, the
following are consideredessential functions expected of the Mental
Health Hearing Officer classification;
Frequent and ongoing use of a computer terminal to conduct a
variety of the more advanced clerical functions and
Periodic, regular and/or occasional contact with employees in other
court divisions, government agencies, the public and/or vendors
with the ability to converse and respondappropriately to inquiries
Periodic to regular lifting, walking, and carrying of files,
documents, and other court related materials. Incumbents must have
the ability to lift and carry 10 lbs;
Work with time constraints and under pressure in some
Regularly drive a vehicle to facilities to perform duties
throughout the county.
Strength, dexterity, and coordination and ability to use a computer
keyboard and read avideo display terminal on a regular basis;
Ability to listen to requests from the public and court staff, then
Dexterity and coordination to handle files and single pieces of
paper; occasional lifting of objects weighing up to 10 lbs, such as
files, stacks of paper, reference books, and other materials;
Frequent need to reach for items above and below desk level,
sometimes with the assistance of a ladder or step-stool;
Standing and sitting for long periods of time is periodically
A screening panel will be convened to select those applicants
deemed most qualified to participatein a written and/or oral
examination. The examination process will include one or more of
thefollowing: application appraisal, written examination or oral
This recruitment requires the submission of an on-line application.
Applications may be filed online at:
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/scscourt. No paper
applications will beaccepted and an electronic copy of your resume
must also be submitted as an attachment to this application
submission. Completion of the supplemental questionnaire required.
Please note that only the information submitted in the application
will be considered.
The Court is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be
considered for employment without attention to race, color,
religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national
origin,and veteran or disability status. The Court provides
reasonable accommodations for applicants challenged with
disabilities. If you are challenged with a disability as defined by
the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act or the California Fair
Employment and Housing Act and will be requesting an accommodation
in the application process, please contact Renee Hughes or PamMcGee
at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
or (408) 882-2703 to discuss yourrequest. TDD communication is
available by calling (408) 882-2787.
The Court must verify the identity and employment authorization of
all new employees to comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform &
Control Act. This verification is required only after an offer
ofemployment has been made. For further information regarding the
required verification, please contact Human Resources at (408)
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