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Please check back in mid-October 2016 for Extensive Recommendations for the
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 California General Election
 
SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE RECOMMENDATIONS
For the November 8, 2016 California Primary Elections


Ideas for Researching Judges
Basic Information on the California Court System

2016 CONTESTED SUPERIOR COURT RACES appeared on the primary ballot on June 7, 2016. Any candidate winning a majority of the vote in the primary automatically won the general election. If no candidate won a majority, the top two candidates advanced to the November 8, 2016 general election.


JUDGE VOTER GUIDE
Judge Voter Guide is a great resource from my knowledgeable, conservative friend, Craig Huey. Note-his New 2016 Rating System is now a 1 to 5 scale (instead of a 1-3 scale) For an explanation as to how JVG comes up with their recommendations, see their website. I refer extensively to the recommendations from Craig’s site below.


ALAMEDA COUNTY Superior Court Judge Recommendation
Coming soon


KERN COUNTY Superior Court Judge Recommendation
This Kern County Judge recommendation comes from JudgeVoterGuide.com
For fuller explanation as to how JVG comes up with their recommendation, see their website.

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Kern; Office 34
Tiffany Organ-Bowles - Selected by JudgeVoterGuide.com as the best candidate in this race
JVG rates her as 4 stars-“very good” (on their 1-5 Star Rating System)


LOS ANGELES COUNTY Superior Court Judge Recommendations
These LA County Judge recommendations come from JudgeVoterGuide.com
For fuller explanation as to how JVG comes up with their recommendations, see their website.

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 11
Steven Schreiner - Selected by JudgeVoterGuide.com as the best candidate in this race
JVG rates him as 4 stars-“very good” (on their 1-5 Star Rating System)

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 42
Efrain Matthew Aceves - Selected by JudgeVoterGuide.com as the best candidate in this race
JVG rates him as 3 stars-“acceptable” (on their 1-5 Star Rating System)

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 84
Susan Jung Townsend - Selected by JudgeVoterGuide.com as the best candidate in this race
JVG rates him as 3 stars-“acceptable” (on their 1-5 Star Rating System)

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 158
David A. Berger - Selected by JudgeVoterGuide.com as the best candidate in this race
JVG rates him as 4 stars-“very good” (on their 1-5 Star Rating System)


MARIN COUNTY Superior Court Judge Recommendation
This Marin County Judge recommendation came from JudgeVoterGuide.com
For fuller explanation as to how JVG comes up with their recommendation, see their website.

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Marin; Office 2
Sheila Lichtblau - Selected by JudgeVoterGuide.com as the better of the two candidates in this race
JVG rates him as 2 stars-“Vote only to prevent worse candidate from winning” (on their 1-5 Star Rating System)


SAN BERNARDINO Superior Court Judge Recommendation
This S.B. County Judge recommendation came from JudgeVoterGuide.com
For fuller explanation as to how JVG comes up with their recommendation, see their website.

Judge of the Superior Court; County of San Bernardino; Office 24
Susan Slater - Selected by JudgeVoterGuide.com as the best candidate in this race
JVG rates her as 4 stars-“very good” (on their 1-5 Star Rating System)


SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY Superior Court Judge Recommendation
This S.B. County Judge recommendation came from JudgeVoterGuide.com
For fuller explanation as to how JVG comes up with their recommendation, see their website.

Judge of the Superior Court; County of San Francisco
Victor Hwang - Selected by JudgeVoterGuide.com as the better of the two candidates in this race
JVG rates him as 2 stars-“Vote only to prevent worse candidate from winning” (on their 1-5 Star Rating System)


ADDITIONAL WAYS OF FINDING OUT ABOUT JUDGES – for those who want to do their own research.
  • Check with lawyers and those within the court system who you know have similar values and philosophy to your own. They may be able to give you advice.
  • Check with conservative, knowledgeable, and trusted legislators and activists in your county. Some of them research judge candidates and are prepared to share their recommendations.
  • Attend a Debate or Other Public Speaking Event. Many judicial candidates participate in/speak at candidate forums and other events.

    If you have an opportunity to interview candidates running for judge, you might want to incorporate some of the questions used in JudgeVoterGuide.com Candidate Questionnaire.
  • Check candidates’ websites for basic information and their endorsement lists. You might do a Google search for the candidates’ names and various issues. Sometimes even pictures on the candidates websites give insightful clues about the candidate – who they are pictured with, at what events, etc.
  • Look for more ideas in KCET’s article, “How to Judge a Judge,” by Brian Frank.
DISCLAIMER: I’m posting this article because it has some good ideas Under the Section, “Resources to Help You Evaluate the Candidates.” However, I would not pay much attention to the mentions of the liberal State Bar or the liberal LA County Bar Association’s ratings - historically they favor Liberal Judge candidates NOT conservatives.


BASIC INFORMATION on the California Court System
Fact Sheet – California Judicial Branch
Basics on California Supreme Court, Appeals Courts, and Superior Courts

Official California Courts Website
Extensive information on the California Supreme Court, Courts of Appeals, and Superior Courts, including bios of Justices of both the Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal.

Student Resource Center Materials
Of the Orange County Superior Court
California Court Overview-FLOW CHART
California Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Superior Courts
California Court History / Structure
Criminal Court
Civil Cases
Juvenile Court

California Courts Judicial Selection/Election/Retention Process
California Court Duration of Term
Supreme Court 12 years
Court of Appeals 12 years
Superior Court 6 years
 
California Court Method of Retention
Supreme Court Retention election
Court of Appeals Retention election
Superior Court Reelection
 
California Court Time Frame for Election/ Appointment
Supreme Court 10 years' practice of law in state or service
as a judge of court of record
Court of Appeals 10 years' practice of law in state or service
as a judge of court of record
Superior Court 10 years' practice of law in state or service
as a judge of court of record


Selection and retention methods and term lengths are prescribed by Article VI of the California Constitution.

Judicial Positions

Judge: An official of the judicial branch of government with authority to decide lawsuits brought before the court. Elected or appointed by the Governor.

Commissioner: A person elected by the judges of the court and given the power to hear and make decisions in certain kinds of legal matters.

Referee: A person appointed by the Court who can make decisions on limited legal matters such as juvenile or traffic offenses.

Judge Pro Tem: A person or judge appointed by the Presiding Judge of a particular county to sit temporarily on a given court usually in the regular judge's absence.

Temporary Judge: A member of the State Bar appointed by the court and stipulated to by the parties to hear cases and make decisions in certain kinds of legal matters.

The above chart was used with permission of the American Judicature Society.
Source: AJS Methods of Judicial Selection: California