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Electing California judges

Philip L. Dubois

Electing California judges

problems in electoral policy

by Philip L. Dubois

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Published by Institute of Governmental Affairs, University of California in Davis .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Judges -- California -- Election.

  • Edition Notes

    StatementPhilip L. Dubois.
    SeriesResearch reports / Institute of Governmental Affairs, University of California -- no. 40., IGA research reports -- no. 40.
    The Physical Object
    Paginationv, 43 leaves ;
    Number of Pages43
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL16521892M

      California Election Results. Senate House Governor Legislature Ballot Measures. The Golden State has battlegrounds aplenty in the midterms, . When a judge is due for re-election, another eligible candidate may file election papers and contest her seat. In this case, the sitting judge is the incumbent and appears along with all other candidates on the ballot. OPEN SEAT If a candidate files election papers, but the sitting judge decides to retire, it is considered an open seat race.

      All Superior Court judges in California are either appointed by a governor or selected in a general county election for six-year terms. If they face no opposition, their names do not appear on the. Residents can vote by mail if they registered to receive those ballots, or drop off ballots at the elections office at Court St. Room B in Woodland, open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

    Table Judicial Selection Method by State (*=Justices chosen by district; **=Chief Justice chosen statewide, associate judges chosen by district; ***=Uses of the Merit System for Judicial Selection; #=Legislative Appointment). 8.D.I – Partisan and Non-Partisan Elections: As of , 39 states elect some or all of their judges; this represents nearly 90 percent of state judiciaries across.   Thereafter, these justices must stand at a retention election every 12 years. The qualifications of both trial court judges and appellate court justices are the same, which is they must have ten years of experience as a law practitioner or as a judge of a court of record. Of course, they must be licensed to practice law in this state.


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Today, about 90 percent of state judges must run for office, and the elections have become increasingly expensive and nasty. Assistant Professor Jed Handelsman Shugerman provides historical perspective on judicial elections and other methods of judicial selection in his new book, “The People’s Courts: Pursuing Judicial Independence in America” (Harvard, ).

Our Judge Voter Guide for California’s November 8th General Election will help you cut through the rhetoric, election propaganda and biased media coverage of the campaigns.

This guide ranks every aspect of a candidate’s record according to cases, judicial philosophy, experience, integrity, and commitment to community. In many states, judicial retention elections are low-key affairs, with judges facing little, if any, organized opposition.

Over the years, retention elections for appellate justices in California have been the exception to this rule. Inthree justices, including the chief justice, were targeted for their rulings against the death penalty.

Special Election Results Historical Voter Registration and Participation in Statewide General Elections (PDF) Historical Voter Registration and Participation in Statewide Primary Elections. Trial Judges. There are 58 trial courts in the state of California (one for every county), where judges hear everything from personal injury lawsuits to murder cases.

There are more than 1, superior court judges, each of whom serve six-year terms. These judges are elected by county voters on a nonpartisan ballot during a general election. There are certainly pros and cons electing judges by popular ballot. In fact, thirty-nine of the fifty US states hold elections for judges.

Let's look at some of the common arguments on both sides. California Judge Voter Guide We have displayed the judicial candidates running for election in Ventura County below. Our Judge Voter Guide for California’s November 4th General Election will help you cut through the rhetoric, election propaganda and.

The other part of judicial elections in California concerns those serving in the Superior Courts. State trial court judges are also appointed by the governor.

The positions themselves (not the person serving in them) have six-year terms at the end of which there are non-partisan elections.

Before judges are appointed, they undergo a series of vetting processes including two judicial commissions. Unlike their counterparts in true “Missouri-plan” merit selection states, the California judicial commissions only consider candidates who have already been selected by the governor.

This is the first known conservative campaign to influence the election of judges in California. There are 33 states where citizens directly elect judges. These elections, however, usually have low voter turnout with participants mainly being from the legal community.

Created by constitutional amendment, the council is the policymaking body for California’s state court system; The 21 voting members include the Chief Justice, 14 judicial officers, 4 attorneys, and 1 member from each house of the Legislature; The council also has advisory members who include judicial officers and court executives or.

California has a two-tiered system when it comes to judges. Appellate judges (those on the State Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal) are appointed by the governor, and then confirmed by the California Commission on Judicial Appointments (a three-m.

Judges wield enormous power. In Los Angeles County alone, there are Superior Court judgeships. This election year, seven of those seats are being contested.

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More than five dozen judges and justices of the peace are up for election in Clark County next month. That includes all 26 judges in the controversial family court.

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