Merced County Superior Court chooses new commissioner

The Merced County Superior Court has selected Shelly Seymour as its court commissioner. She will replace Commissioner Gerald Corman, who is expected to retire in January.

Since 2008, Seymour has worked as a self-help attorney and family law facilitator at the Merced County Superior Court. She has assisted the Mariposa Superior Court as a family law commissioner since 2011, according to a press release.

Seymour is a graduate of Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, where she received a bachelor’s degree in accounting and political science. She received her law degree from the University of Iowa in 1986. She was in private practice in Merced from 1989 until 2008, where she specialized in civil and family law.

Presiding Judge Brian McCabe said Seymour was the court’s choice from a large, legally diverse and experienced pool of candidates. Details regarding her formal induction ceremony and her official start date will be announced soon, the release said.

Judges are appointed by the governor and serve a term of six years before running for re-election. Commissioners, on the other hand, are hired by the court.

The primary duties of commissioners include determining ex parte motions, hearing uncontested actions and proceedings, conducting arraignments, hearing actions to establish paternity and child or spousal support, hearing small claims and infraction cases, and issuing bench warrants for failure to appear, according to Linda Romero Soles, the court’s executive officer.

Seymour will receive an annual salary of $151,970.52.