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The structure of the California judicial system is laid out in Article VI of the state Constitution. There are three levels of the state courts: the California Supreme Court, the California Courts of Appeal and the California Superior Courts.


On the federal level there are four courts: the United States District Court for the Central District of California, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. Appeals are heard at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


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California counties


There are 58 counties in California. Each county has a Superior Court.

 

  To see a list of counties in California, please see - California counties



Elections

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Upcoming elections: California judicial elections, 2014
Past election results: California judicial elections, 2012

California judicial elections

Judicial selection methods in California vary depending on the level of court. Supreme and Appellate Court candidates are chosen by a nominating commission and, from those candidates, the Governor makes the final appointment. Appellate judges must then stand for retention in the next gubernatorial election. Trial court judges are elected in non-partisan elections. If a candidate is unopposed in the primary, they are automatically elected without appearing on the ballot. In races involving two or more candidates, the one who receives the majority of the votes in the primary wins. If no candidate receives a majority of votes, the top two candidates compete in the general election.

Selection

Judicial selection in California

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Method

Gubernatorial appointment

Term - 12 years

Method

Gubernatorial appointment

Term - 12 years

Method

Non-partisan election of judges

Term - 6 years


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