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California Supreme Court Headed for Change

 
California Supreme Court Headed for Change
Posted July 1st, 2014 @ 8:16am by KFBK News - Kaitlin Lewis

The California Supreme Court is headed for change.

If Governor Jerry Brown wins re-election in November, he will be given an unprecedented opportunity to overhaul the California Supreme Court.

John Sims, a professor of Law at the University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law says there are are two vacancies out of seven in a court that has already gone a lot of changes. 

Voters rejected Brown's first makeover in 1987, removing Chief Justice Rose Bird and two others because of consistent liberal rulings.

Something to note, Sims says is the approval process these nominees go through.

"For the California Supreme Court it's a very stream-lined process. So there's a committee and usually they don't pose a huge obstacle to the approval of the nominee," Sims said. 

Brown appointed law professor Goodwin Liu to the court in 2011. Justice Joyce Kennard retired in April. And Justice Marvin Baxter announced last month that he will retire in January.

The governor has yet to nominate replacements for those two justices.

 

 

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