Section 5: Supreme and Appellate Courts

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Justices of the California Supreme Court

An election will be held on November 4, 2014. The justices listed will stand for election to a full term of twelve years if this election coincides with the expiration of their term. If not standing for a full term, the term for which they are running is noted.Cal. Const., art. VI, section 16(a)


Justices of the California Supreme Court may file a declaration of candidacy to succeed to the office presently held by the justice. This declaration is filed between July 17, 2014, and August 15, 2014. If the declaration is not filed, the Governor, before September 16, 2014, shall nominate a candidate. At the next general election, only the candidate so declared or nominated may appear on the ballot.Cal. Const., art. VI, section 16(d)(1); section 82011


The declaration of candidacy may be in the form of a letter, may be on office stationery, must say that the justice is a candidate to succeed himself or herself, and must be signed by the justice. Unless instructed otherwise, the Secretary of State will certify the candidate's name as signed on the declaration of candidacy.

In addition to filing the declaration, each justice must pay a nonrefundable filing fee of two percent of the first year's salary for the office.Sections 8103(a)(1), 8105(a)


In lieu of paying the filing fee, each justice may submit a petition containing signatures of 10,000 registered voters. The signatures submitted may cover all or a prorated portion of the filing fee. That portion of the filing fee not covered by signatures must be paid in full before the declaration of candidacy may be filed.Sections 8105(a), 8106(a)(3) & (b)(3)

Each justice may obtain the petition for signatures in lieu of the filing fee from the appropriate county elections official from June 2, 2014, through July 31, 2014. The last day to file these petitions is July 31, 2014. Any registered voter may sign such a petition for any and for each justice. If the petition is circulated in more than one county, the justice shall submit the signatures to the county elections official of the county in which the petition was circulated. Section 8106(b)(1), (b)(3) & (b)(4)

NOTE: If a justice who will appear on the ballot does not receive any campaign contributions and the only expenditure made will be the justice's personal funds for the filing fee, then the justice is not required to file Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Forms 410 and 501. However, any justice who will appear on the ballot must file campaign disclosure statements. For information about the campaign disclosure provisions, call the FPPC at (866) 275-3772 or the Secretary of State's Political Reform Division at (916) 653-6224.Gov. Code sections 82007, 84101- 84102, 84215(a), 84605(a), 85200


Justices of the California Supreme Court—Terms of Office

A justice is either nominated to a 12-year term or appointed to fill a portion of a 12-year term as a result of a vacancy.

Following a nomination by the governor and confirmation by the Commission on Judicial Appointments (COJA), a nominee will appear on the ballot at the next gubernatorial election for voter approval and then must go before the voters for a retention election at the end of every 12-year term.

Following an appointment by the governor and confirmation by COJA, an appointee will serve as a justice until they are eligible to be a judicial candidate at the next gubernatorial election. Thereafter, the justice must go before the voters for a retention election at the end of every 12-year term.

The justices or nominees highlighted in bold will appear on the November 4, 2014, ballot for either retention or approval.

CJ—Chief Justice
AJ—Associate Justice

Pos. Incumbent
(or Nominee where indicated)
Up for Election Current Term Ends Oath Date
CJ Tani Cantil-Sakauye Nov. 8, 2022 Jan. 2, 2023 Jan. 3, 2011
AJ Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar2 Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 20152 TBD
AJ Kathryn Mickle Werdegar Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 Jun. 3, 1994
AJ Goodwin Liu Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 2, 2023 Sep. 1, 2011
AJ Carol A. Corrigan Nov. 6, 2018 Jan. 7, 2019 Jan. 4, 2006
AJ Ming William Chin Nov. 8, 2022 Jan. 2, 2023 Mar. 1, 1996
AJ Vacant N/A Jan. 7, 2019 N/A

Filing Fee Information for Use in 2014

Filing fees are calculated by using two percent of the first year's annual salary.Section 8103(a)(1)

Position Salary Filing Fee Number of
In-Lieu Signatures
Value of
Each Signature
AJ $221,292 $4,425.84 10,000 $0.442584

Justices of the California Courts of Appeal

An election will be held on November 4, 2014. The justices listed on the following pages will stand for election to a full term of twelve years if this election coincides with the expiration of their term. If not standing for a full term, the term for which they are running is noted.Cal. Const., art. VI, section 16(a)


Justices of the California Courts of Appeal may file a declaration of candidacy to succeed to the office presently held by the justice. This declaration is filed between July 17, 2014, and August 15, 2014. If the declaration is not filed, the Governor, before September 16, 2014, shall nominate a candidate. At the next general election, only the candidate so declared or nominated may appear on the ballot.Cal. Const., art. VI, section 16(d)(1); section 82011


The declaration of candidacy may be in the form of a letter, may be on office stationery, must say that the justice is a candidate to succeed himself or herself, and must be signed by the justice. Unless instructed otherwise, the Secretary of State will certify the candidate's name as signed on the declaration of candidacy.

In addition to filing the declaration, each justice must pay a nonrefundable filing fee of one percent of the first year's salary for the office.Sections 8103(a)(2), 8105(a)


In lieu of paying the filing fee, each justice may submit a petition containing signatures of 8,184 registered voters. The signatures submitted may cover all or a prorated portion of the filing fee. That portion of the filing fee not covered by signatures must be paid in full before the declaration of candidacy may be filed.Sections 8105(a), 8106(a)(4) & (b)(3)

Each justice may obtain the petition for signatures in lieu of the filing fee from the appropriate county elections official from June 2, 2014, through July 31, 2014. The last day to file these petitions is July 31, 2014. Any registered voter may sign such a petition for a justice for whom he or she is eligible to vote. If the petition is circulated in more than one county, the justice shall submit the signatures to the county elections official of the county in which the petition was circulated.Section 8106(b)(1), (b)(3) & (b)(4)

NOTE: If a justice who will appear on the ballot does not receive any campaign contributions and the only expenditure made will be the justice's personal funds for the filing fee, then the justice is not required to file Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Forms 410 and 501. However, any justice who will appear on the ballot must file campaign disclosure statements. For information about the campaign disclosure provisions, call the FPPC at (866) 275-3772 or the Secretary of State's Political Reform Division at (916) 653-6224.Gov. Code sections 82007, 84101- 84102, 84215(a), 84605(a), 85200


Justices of the California Courts of Appeal—Terms of Office

A justice is either nominated to a 12-year term or appointed to fill a portion of a 12-year term as a result of a vacancy.

Following a nomination by the governor and confirmation by the Commission of Judicial Appointments (COJA), a nominee will appear on the ballot at the next gubernatorial election for voter approval and then must go before the voters for a retention election at the end of every 12-year term.

Following an appointment by the governor and confirmation by COJA, an appointee will serve as a justice until they are eligible to be a judicial candidate at the next gubernatorial election. Thereafter, the justice must go before the voters for a retention election at the end of every 12-year term.

The justices or nominees highlighted in bold will appear on the November 4, 2014, ballot for either retention or approval.

PJ—Presiding Justice
AJ—Associate Justice

First District - Holds its regular sessions in San Francisco

Div.  Pos. Incumbent Up for Election Current Term Ends Oath Date
1       PJ Jim Humes Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 7, 2019 Jul. 17, 2014
         AJ Kathleen M. Banke Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 Jul. 30, 2009
         AJ Sandra L. Margulies Nov. 6, 2018 Jan. 7, 2019 Jan. 25, 2002
         AJ Robert L. Dondero Nov. 8, 2022 Jan. 2, 2023 Jul. 30, 2009
2      PJ J. Anthony Kline Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 Dec. 29, 1982
         AJ Therese M. Stewart Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 2, 2023 Aug. 14, 2014
         AJ James A. Richman Nov. 6, 2018 Jan. 7, 2019 Feb. 23, 2006
         AJ Vacant N/A Jan. 7, 2019 N/A
3       PJ William R. McGuiness Nov. 6, 2018 Jan. 7, 2019 Dec. 21, 1998
         AJ Martin J. Jenkins Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 Apr. 4, 2008
         AJ Stuart R. Pollak Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 Jan. 25, 2002
         AJ Peter J. Siggins Nov. 8, 2022 Jan. 2, 2023 Jan. 6, 2006
4      PJ Ignazio John Ruvolo Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 Jan. 6, 2006
         AJ Maria P. Rivera Nov. 6, 2018 Jan. 7, 2019 Jan. 25, 2002
         AJ Timothy A. Reardon Nov. 8, 2022 Jan. 2, 2023 Aug. 20, 1990
         AJ Vacant N/A Jan. 7, 2019 N/A
5       PJ Barbara J. R. Jones Nov. 6, 2018 Jan. 7, 2019 Sep. 2, 1998
         AJ Terence L. Bruiniers Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 Jul. 30, 2009
         AJ Mark B. Simons Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 Jan. 29, 2001
         AJ Henry E. Needham Nov. 8, 2022 Jan. 2, 2023 Jan. 25, 2007

Second District - Holds its regular sessions in Los Angeles (Div. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8) and Ventura (Div. 6)

Div.  Pos. Incumbent
(or Nominee where indicated)
Up for Election Current Term Ends Oath Date
1      PJ Frances Rothschild Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 2, 2023 Jul. 17, 2014
         AJ Jeffrey W. Johnson Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 Aug. 3, 2009
         AJ Victoria G. Chaney Nov. 6, 2018 Jan. 7, 2019 Jul. 1, 2009
         AJ Vacant N/A Jan. 7, 2019 N/A
2       PJ Roger W. Boren Nov. 6, 2018 Jan. 7, 2019 Jan. 12, 1993
         AJ Brian M. Hoffstadt2 Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 20152 TBD
         AJ Victoria M. Chavez Nov. 6, 2018 Jan. 7, 2019 Dec. 7, 2005
         AJ Judith M. Ashmann-Gerst Nov. 8, 2022 Jan. 2, 2023 Dec. 7, 2001
3       PJ Lee Anne Edmon2 Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 20152 TBD
         AJ Richard D. Aldrich Nov. 6, 2018 Jan. 7, 2019 Aug. 29, 1994
         AJ Patti S. Kitching Nov. 6, 2018 Jan. 7, 2019 Jan. 12, 1993
         AJ H. Walter Croskey Nov. 8, 2022 Jan. 2, 2023 Nov. 20, 1987
4       PJ Norman L. Epstein Nov. 6, 2018 Jan. 7, 2019 Oct. 5, 2004
         AJ Audrey B. Collins Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 2, 2023 Aug. 1, 2014
         AJ Nora M. Manella Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 May 22, 2006
         AJ Thomas L. Willhite, Jr. Nov. 6, 2018 Jan. 7, 2019 Apr. 4, 2005
5       PJ Paul A. Turner Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 Jan. 7, 1991
         AJ Sandy R. Kriegler Nov. 6, 2018 Jan. 7, 2019 Apr. 4, 2005
         AJ Richard Mosk Nov. 6, 2018 Jan. 7, 2019 Oct. 22, 2001
         AJ Vacant N/A Jan. 2, 2023 N/A
6       PJ Arthur Gilbert Nov. 6, 2018 Jan. 7, 2019 Nov. 9, 1999
         AJ Kenneth R. Yegan Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 Dec. 27, 1990
         AJ Steven Z. Perren Nov. 8, 2022 Jan. 2, 2023 Nov. 9, 1999
         AJ Vacant N/A Jan. 2, 2023 N/A
7       PJ Dennis M. Perluss Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 Jan. 10, 2003
         AJ Fred Woods Nov. 6, 2018 Jan. 7, 2019 Aug. 19, 1988
         AJ Laurie D. Zelon Nov. 8, 2022 Jan. 2, 2023 Sep. 25, 2003
         AJ Vacant N/A Jan. 2, 2023 N/A
8       PJ Tricia Bigelow Nov. 6, 2018 Jan. 7, 2019 Feb. 8, 2010
         AJ Madeleine I. Flier Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 Sep. 25, 2003
         AJ Laurence D. Rubin Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 Oct. 22, 2001
         AJ Elizabeth A. Grimes Nov. 8, 2022 Jan. 2, 2023 Apr. 5, 2010

Third District - Holds its regular sessions in Sacramento

Pos. Incumbent
(or Nominee where indicated)
Up for Election Current Term Ends Oath Date
PJ Vance W. Raye Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 Jan. 7, 1991
AJ Elena J. Duarte Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 Dec. 10, 2010
AJ Andrea Lynn Hoch Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 Jan. 3, 2011
AJ Louis Mauro Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 7, 2019 Aug. 25, 2010
AJ William J. Murray, Jr. Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 Dec. 10, 2010
AJ Jonathan K. Renner2 Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 20152 TBD
AJ Ronald B. Robie Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 Jan. 15, 2002
AJ Coleman A. Blease Nov. 6, 2018 Jan. 7, 2019 Jun. 14, 1979
AJ M. Kathleen Butz Nov. 8, 2022 Jan. 2, 2023 Oct. 15, 2003
AJ Harry E. Hull, Jr. Nov. 8, 2022 Jan. 2, 2023 Feb. 9, 1998
AJ George Nicholson Nov. 8, 2022 Jan. 2, 2023 Aug. 23, 1990

Fourth District - Holds regular sessions in San Diego (Div. 1), Riverside (Div. 2), and Orange (Div. 3)

Div.  Pos. Incumbent Next Election Term Ends Oath Date
1       PJ Judith McConnell Nov. 8, 2022 Jan. 2, 2023 Sep. 25, 2003
         AJ Alex C. McDonald Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 Jun. 12, 1995
         AJ James A. McIntyre Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 Jun. 6, 1996
         AJ Terry B. O’Rourke Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 Dec. 7, 1998
         AJ Gilbert Nares Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 Oct. 13, 1988
         AJ Cynthia Aaron Nov. 6, 2018 Jan. 7, 2019 Jan. 10, 2003
         AJ Patricia D. Benke Nov. 6, 2018 Jan. 7, 2019 Jun. 3, 1987
         AJ Judith L. Haller Nov. 6, 2018 Jan. 7, 2019 Aug. 9, 1994
         AJ Richard D. Huffman Nov. 6, 2018 Jan. 7, 2019 Oct. 13, 1988
         AJ Joan Irion Nov. 6, 2018 Jan. 7, 2019 Sep. 25, 2003
2       PJ Manuel A. Ramirez Nov. 8, 2022 Jan. 2, 2023 Dec. 27, 1990
         AJ Thomas E. Hollenhorst Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 Aug. 26, 1988
         AJ Jeffrey King Nov. 6, 2018 Jan. 7, 2019 Jan. 10, 2003
         AJ Art W. McKinster Nov. 6, 2018 Jan. 7, 2019 Dec. 27, 1990
         AJ Douglas Miller Nov. 6, 2018 Jan. 7, 2019 Jun. 9, 2006
         AJ Betty Ann Richli Nov. 6, 2018 Jan. 7, 2019 Sep. 9, 1994
         AJ Carol D. Codrington Nov. 8, 2022 Jan. 2, 2023 Dec. 21, 2010
3       PJ Kathleen E. O'Leary Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 2, 2023 Jan. 21, 2000
         AJ Richard M. Aronson Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 Nov. 21, 2001
         AJ Richard D. Fybel Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 Feb. 8, 2002
         AJ William F. Rylaarsdam Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 Apr. 10, 1995
         AJ David A. Thompson Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 7, 2019 Jun. 28, 2012
         AJ Raymond J. Ikola Nov. 6, 2018 Jan. 7, 2019 Jan. 10, 2003
         AJ William W. Bedsworth Nov. 8, 2022 Jan. 2, 2023 Apr. 15, 1997
         AJ Eileen C. Moore Nov. 8, 2022 Jan. 2, 2023 Dec. 22, 2000

Fifth District - Holds its regular sessions in Fresno

Pos. Incumbent Up for Election Current Term Ends Oath Date
PJ Brad R. Hill Nov. 8, 2022 Jan. 2, 2023 Dec. 28, 2010
AJ Dennis A. Cornell Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 Dec. 21, 2000
AJ Donald R. Franson, Jr. Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 7, 2019 Dec. 29, 2010
AJ Gene M. Gomes Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 May 31, 2002
AJ Stephen J. Kane Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 Jun. 9, 2006
AJ Rosendo Peña, Jr. Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 Dec. 20, 2012
AJ Charles S. Poochigian Nov. 6, 2018 Jan. 7, 2019 Sep. 24, 2009
AJ Jennifer R.S. Detjen Nov. 8, 2022 Jan. 2, 2023 Aug. 6, 2010
AJ Herbert I. Levy Nov. 8, 2022 Jan. 2, 2023 Aug. 5, 1997
AJ Vacant N/A Jan. 7, 2019 N/A

Sixth District - Holds its regular sessions in San Jose

Pos. Incumbent Up for Election Current Term Ends Oath Date
PJ Conrad L. Rushing Nov. 8, 2022 Jan. 2, 2023 Jan. 21, 2003
AJ Patricia Bamattre-Manoukian Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 Oct. 16, 1989
AJ Franklin D. Elia Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 Sep. 29, 1988
AJ Adrienne M. Grover Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 Dec. 20, 2012
AJ Miguel Marquez Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 Jun. 28, 2012
AJ Eugene M. Premo Nov. 4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2015 Sep. 29, 1988
AJ Nathan D. Mihara Nov. 6, 2018 Jan. 7, 2019 Feb. 4, 1993

Filing Fee Information for Use in 2014

Filing fees are calculated by using one percent of the first year's annual salary.Section 8103(a)(2)

Position Salary Filing Fee Number of
In-Lieu Signatures
Value of
Each Signature
Courts of Appeal $207,463 $2,074.63 8,299 $0.249985
  1. All code section references are to the California Elections Code unless otherwise stated.
  2. The nominee must be confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments (COJA) before he or she can appear on the November 4, 2014, General Election ballot. The COJA hearing is scheduled to be held on August 28, 2014. The nominee is not required to file a declaration of candidacy or filing fee. Once elected, the justice's term will be from January 5, 2015, to January 4, 2027.

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