California Superior Courts
Justices of the California Superior Courts are elected in non-partisan elections on a county-wide basis to six-year terms. Once elected, a justice can run for retention at the expiration of their term.
In the case of a mid-term vacancy, the Governor will appoint a new justice. To qualify as a superior court judge, a candidate must have been an attorney admitted to practice law in California, or have served as a judge of a court of record in the state for at least 10 years immediately preceding election or appointment.
Each of the 58 California Superior Courts that has two or more judges must have a Presiding Judge.
- Presiding judges provide leadership and direction for many aspects of their court.
- They are chosen by their peers.
- They assign judges to cases.
Some superior court judges may receive temporary assignments as-needed. These are called "Assigned Judges". According to the state court website:
- "At the request of the presiding judges and justices of the trial and appellate courts, the Chief Justice—assisted by the Assigned Judges Program (AJP) of the Administrative Office of the Courts—issues temporary judicial assignment orders to active or retired judges and justices to cover vacancies, illnesses, disqualifications, and calendar congestion in the courts."
List of courts
Alameda • Alpine • Amador • Butte • Calaveras • Colusa • Contra Costa • Del Norte • El Dorado • Fresno • Glenn • Humboldt • Imperial • Inyo • Kern • Kings • Lake • Lassen • Los Angeles • Madera • Marin • Mariposa • Mendocino • Merced • Modoc • Mono • Monterey • Napa • Nevada • Orange • Placer • Plumas • Riverside • Sacramento • San Benito • San Bernardino • San Diego • San Francisco • San Joaquin • San Luis Obispo • San Mateo • Santa Barbara • Santa Clara • Santa Cruz • Shasta • Sierra • Siskiyou • Solano • Sonoma • Stanislaus • Sutter • Tehama • Trinity • Tulare • Tuolumne • Ventura • Yolo • Yuba
Court closings in 2009
The overall California court system absorbed a 10% budget cut in 2009 totalling $414 million, which led to mandatory court closings throughout the 59-county Superior Court system of one day a month.
- List of the CA Trial Court Roster
- Contact Info for CA Superior Courts
- Community Election Forum: Judge Voter Guide
- Community Rating/Review and Informational Resource: ratethisjudge.com
- California Court Records