November 5, 2013
Every four years — when there is a gubernatorial election — California voters are asked to vote “yes” or “no” on retaining various state Supreme Court and Court of Appeal justices, who serve 12-year terms (except when they’re first elected to partially unexpired terms). It’s been three years since the last appellate judicial elections, and today is election day in a number of parts of the country, so now is a good time to take a first look at the next retention election, which will be held in 364 days.
Assuming they file their declarations of candidacy by the middle of next August, Supreme Court Justices Marvin Baxter, Kathryn Mickle Werdegar, and Goodwin Liu will all be on the ballot. (The same goes for 41 Court of Appeal justices around the state, although they run only in their own districts.)
Justices Baxter and Werdegar, who have served on the court for 23 and 19 years, respectively, would be running for new, full 12-year terms. Justice Liu, who has been on the court for two years, would be running to complete the remaining eight years of retired Justice Moreno’s term.