Rados assumes new duties as Lassen County Superior Court Commissioner

Mark Nareau, Lassen County’s presiding judge, administers the oath of office to new Lassen County Superior Court Commissioner Susan Rados. Photo submitted

According to the Lassen County District Attorney’s Facebook page, a former member of the Lassen County District Attorney’s office is now the new Lassen County Court Commissioner.

“ … we said goodbye to Assistant District Attorney Susan Rados as she started her new career as a Lassen County Superior Court Commissioner,” the Facebook page reported. “While we are sad to see her leave our office, we are very excited to watch her grow into this important role in our county judicial system … ”

The Lassen Superior Court Hall of Justice hosted the swearing-in ceremony for Rados, and presiding judge Mark Nareau gave a heartwarming speech, reminding attendees Rados is only the third female judicial staff member in Lassen County history.

According to argyrismah.com, “A judge is elevated to the bench either by election or by appointment by the governor. A judge must also be a licensed attorney to be eligible to serve on the bench. A commissioner, on the other hand, is an individual who is hired by the court to help out with a judge’s case load. Commissioners must also be licensed attorneys to be eligible to serve as a commissioner. Often, Commissioners work very closely with judges, and judges consider them essential for managing the work of the court.

“Commissioners can perform judicial duties involving the determination of contested issues only upon the stipulation of the parties, but with that stipulation they have the same powers as judges. That means that the commissioner has the same power as a judge to hear a court case and make legally binding judgments.”