Conservative Election Recommendations

Robyn Nordell's Conservative California Election Website

Recommendations Currently Posted on this site are for the NOVEMBER 6, 2012 Election

Please Check Back in May 2014 for Extensive Recommendations for the June 3, 2014 CA Primary Election


JUDGE RECOMMENDATIONS For the November 6, 2012 California Elections

Check out Craig Huey's

Additional Ways of Finding Out About Judges
Basic Information on the California Court System


Superior Court; County of San Diego; Office No. 25 - Jim Miller
Robyn Nordell, Penny Harrington, Election Forum, and the State and San Diego Republican Party all recommend Jim Miller.


Superior Court; County of El Dorado; Office No. 7
Not a recommendation; Just a note – The El Dorado County Republican Party endorsed Joseph Hoffman for this office.

You might want to 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.

  • If you have an opportunity to interview candidates running for judge, you might want to incorporate some of the questions used in Craig Huey's Judge Candidate Questionnaire

  • Check Robyn's County Pages (Some have information on Judge Races)

  • You can check with trusted conservative and knowledgeable legislators and activists in your county.

  • IF you have trusted contacts at your local Republican headquarters, check there. (This is more helpful in some counties than others.)

  • Check their websites; do a google search for their names and various issues

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