THOMAS M. ANDERSON
Judge, Superior Court of California, County of Nevada, 2007 -
Assistant Presiding Judge, 2008 - 2009
Presiding Judge, 2010 - 2012
Public Defender, County of Nevada, 2000 - 2007
Public Defender, County of Lassen, 1996 - 2000
Attorney - Private Practice, San Francisco, CA 1982 - 1996: Criminal
and civil law, mediation, litigation and appeals.
Pro Tem: Office of Administrative Hearings and San Francisco Superior
Golden Gate University School of Law, JD 1981
Kent State University, BA 1973
Superior Court of California, County of Nevada, September 2005 –
Presiding Judge, 2007 - 2010
Commissioner, Nevada County Superior Court and Sierra County Superior
Court, October 1997 – September 2005
University of San Francisco, J.D., June 1974
University of San Francisco, B.S., June 1971
California Supreme Court, 1974
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1974
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 1975
private practice, Nevada County, June 1975 – September 1997
Organizer and/or faculty for various state and local legal
educational programs 2001-2007
Trustee, Nevada County Law Library, 1998 – 2005
California State Law Library Task Force, 2004-05
Co-Founder, Nevada County Legal Assistance, Inc., 1975
CANDACE S. HEIDELBERGER
Judge, Superior Court of California, County of Nevada 2007 – present
Assistant Presiding Judge, 2010 - 2012
Presiding Judge, 2013 - present
Proposition 36 Court, 2008-present
Trustee, Nevada County Law Library, 2008-present
Lincoln Law School of Sacramento, JD, May 1994 - Class
1994-1997: Private practice, handling a wide variety of cases,
including family, civil and criminal law; probate, guardianship and
conservatorship matters; and juvenile delinquency and dependency
cases. Served as an arbitrator under appointment by the Nevada
County Superior Court.
1997-2002: Deputy public defender, Placer County Public Defender’s
Office, assigned to juvenile dependency cases.
2002-2007: Private practice, representing indigent parents and
children in juvenile dependency proceedings in Placer County
pursuant to a contract with the Placer County Courts (2002-2007);
and representing indigent parents in juvenile dependency proceedings
in Nevada County first under the supervision of the Nevada County
Public Defender’s Office pursuant to a memorandum of understanding
(2002-2004), and then pursuant to a contract with the Nevada County
1996-2007: Served as a panel attorney for the Central California
Appellate Program, appointed to represent indigent parties in their
Judge Heidelberger has resided in Nevada County since 1976.
Judge, Superior Court of California, County of Nevada 2012 – present
Golden Gate University School of Law, JD 1979.
University of California, Berkeley, BA - English, 1975.
1980 - 1981: Staff attorney at Toward Utility Rate Normalization in San Francisco, CA, representing the interests of utility consumers at the California Public Utilities Commission.
1981 - 1988: Associate attorney at Kazan, McClain in Oakland, CA representing plaintiffs in asbestos and medical malpractice cases.
1989 - 1993: Associate attorney at Saperstein, Seligman in Oakland, CA representing claimants in discrimination class action cases.
1994 - December 2012: Private practice handling employment discrimination and elder abuse cases.
Judge Sloven has resided in Nevada City since 2000.
L. "BOB" TAMIETTI
Judge, Superior Court of California, County of Nevada 2003 – present
Judge Tamietti is assigned to the Truckee Branch of the Superior
Court where he handles criminal cases, juvenile delinquency cases,
divorce and child custody cases, and civil cases. For the seven
years prior to his current assignment, Judge Tamietti handled primarily
felony criminal cases, and occasional civil cases in the Nevada
City Branch. He also administered several of Nevada County’s renowned
collaborative courts, specifically, Adult Drug Court , Juvenile
Dependency Drug Court, Juvenile Peer Court, and Proposition 36 Drug
Rehab Court in the Nevada City Branch while sitting in Departments
1 and 4.
Judge Tamietti served as Assistant Presiding Judge from 2004 to
2008. He also served as Supervising Judge for the Nevada County
Civil Grand Jury from 2006 to 2009. Judge Tamietti has served on
the Appellate Panel of the Nevada County Superior Court continuously
since 2004, hearing appeals from misdemeanor and traffic cases and
limited Civil cases and was elevated to Presiding Judge of the Appellate
Panel in November of 2010.
Former Governor Gray Davis appointed Judge Tamietti to the Superior
Court on November 7, 2003 to fill the seat vacated by then Judge
M. Kathleen Butz who was elevated to the Court of Appeal for the
Third District. He was elected without opposition to successive
6 year terms in 2006 and 2012.
Judge Tamietti regularily serves as faculty for state-wide judge
training and education. His faculty assigniments include:
- CJER New Judge Orientation 2013-14
- B.E Witkin Judicial College, 2011 - 2013
- Criminal Law Institute 2012
- Criminal Assignment Primary Orientation 2014
- Member, Cow County Judges Institute, 2011
- Supervising Judge, Civil Grand Jury, 2006 - 2009
- Assistant Presiding Judge, 2004 - 2008
Judge Tamietti is a third generation resident of Nevada County
and has resided in Truckee since 1990.
Prior to his service as a judge, Judge Tamietti practiced law in
Truckee and in San Francisco, handling civil law, bankruptcy, employment,
and land use matters. He is a proud alumnus of The University of
Utah (B.S. 1982 and J.D. 1985) and of Mission Viejo High School
Judge Tamietti enjoys reading military history, and travels frequently
to the sites of military encounters in World War II and the Civil
War. Judge Tamietti also enjoys flat-water kayaking, hiking and
snowboarding. He is also a mediocre fly fisherman and a more mediocre
Judge Tamietti is active in the Friends of the Nevada County Military,
a charity that supports the men and women in military service to
our country and their families, and in a variety of other charities
that support those persons recovering from drug and alcohol addiction
and the consequences of drug and alcohol abuse. Judge Tamietti also
volunteers as an umpire for the Truckee Little League.
Judge Tamietti counsels those appearing in his department to be
on time, to be cheerful, and to be prepared.
B. SCOTT THOMSEN
Judge, Superior Court of California, County of Nevada, December
Assistant Presiding Judge, 2013 - present
Commissioner, Superior Court of California, Nevada and Sierra Counties,
Juvenile Hearing Officer for the Superior Court of California, County
of Nevada, 2000 to May 2005
Judge Thomsen received his juris doctorate degree from the University
of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He received his Bachelor of
Science degree in Business administration from Menlo College.
Judge Thomsen began his legal career handling insurance defense
litigation. From 1990 to 1996, he was a general practitioner and
handled a wide variety of civil litigation. In 1996 he became certified
as a Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California, Board
of Legal Specialization. From 1996 to his appointment as Commissioner,
he handled family law, dependency, delinquency and criminal defense
As Commissioner, Judge Thomsen was assigned to handle the Family
Law Title IV-D calendar for Sierra and Nevada Counties, Family Law
matters assigned to Department 5 (Nevada City Branch) and Department
B (Truckee Branch), Adult and Juvenile Traffic calendar (Truckee
Branch), Civil Settlement Conferences (Truckee Branch), small claims
appeals and other civil and criminal cases as assigned.
Judge Thomsen is currently assigned to Department 3, primarily handling
family law, probate guardianship, domestic violence and juvenile
Faculty, 2009 / 2013 CJER Family Law Overview Course
Faculty, 2011, 2013 Domestic Violence + Self Represented Litigants Conference
Faculty, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 AB1058 Statewide Child Support Conference
Faculty, 2008 & 2009 judicial ethics elective training for Commissioners
Faculty, 2009 Family Law Institute
Faculty, training Commissioners & Judges on use of the Guideline
Child Support Calculator 2008/2009
Faculty, 2009 Family Dispute Resolution Statewide Educational Institute
Faculty, Nevada County Family Law Department Annual Update, 2001,
2002, 2006, 2007, 2008 , 2009, 2010
Faculty, Nevada County Dependency Law Update, 2003
Faculty, 2011 Granlibakken Conference
Member, Elkins Task Force
Member, AB1058 Resource project
Member, AB1058 Guideline Calculator Coordination Team
Trustee, Nevada County Law Library 2010 to present
Member, non-IV-D workgroup, 2010 to present
California Judges Association 2006 to present
Court Commissioner - Superior Court of California, Nevada & Sierra
Counties - 2011 to present
Current Assignment - Dept. 5 Nevada City Branch, Dept. B Truckee
Branch, Sierra County Title IV-D Commissioner
Faculty, 2011 - AB 1058 Statewide Child Support Conference
Faculty, AB 1058 Statewide Child Support Conference - 2011, 2014
Faculty, Nevada County Annual Family L aw Update - 2011, 2012,
Commissioner Yvette Durant earned her Juris Doctor from the University
of Washington School of Law in Seattle, WA in 1991. She obtained
a Bachelor's of Arts degree from the University of Nevada, Reno
graduating with High Distinction in 1987.
Commissioner Durant grew up in Reno, Nevada and was introduced to
Nevada County in 1978 when she began spending summers in Truckee
with her family at a small cabin built by her father. She lived
in Truckee full-time in the mid-1980's while attending the University
of Nevada, Reno. She received her Juris Doctor from the University
of Washington School of Law in Seattle, Washington in 1991 and moved
back to Truckee several years later. She holds licenses to practice
law in California, Nevada and Washington.
Commissioner Durant has practiced in the areas of complex construction,
real estate, landlord/tenant, personal injury and family law. She
opened her own law practice in historic downtown Truckee in early
2000 focusing primarily on family and personal injury law cases
including an emphasis on mediation. She also served as a Judge Pro
Tem in Nevada, Placer and El Dorado Counties, as well as a court
appointed arbitrator for Nevada County.
Currently, Commissioner Durant is assigned to Department 5 in Nevada
City and Department B in Truckee. She handles Title IV-D matters
for Nevada and Sierra Counties; family law and motion matters; family
law settlement conferences and trials; small claims appeals; domestic
violence; civil harassment; and adult and juvenile traffic calendars