The three-member Commission on Judicial Appointments on March 22 will consider Governor Gavin Newsom’s appointment of Patricia Guerrero to the Supreme Court. If she is confirmed, which is probable, and if she immediately takes the oath of office (see here), Justice Guerrero would be available for the court’s weekly conference the next day and for the April calendar during the first full week of that month.
The 11:00 a.m. Commission hearing will be open to the public, although seating will be limited, and will be live streamed on the California Courts Newsroom.
Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye chairs the Commission. The other members are California Attorney General Rob Bonta and the senior Court of Appeal Presiding Justice, who is Fourth District, Division Two, Presiding Justice Manuel Ramirez.
After her likely confirmation, and if she files before August 16 a declaration of candidacy and either a filing fee or petition signatures, Justice Guerrero will be on the November ballot when voters will choose “yes” or “no” whether to keep her in office. Four of her colleagues will probably be up for election with her. If Justice Guerrero is elected, she would have to face the voters again in 2026, because that’s when the term of Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, whom Guerrero will replace, expires.