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History of Reform Efforts: California

Unsuccessful Reform Efforts

Over the years, there have been numerous proposals for judicial selection reform in California. Several of these have focused on the commission on judicial appointments and have sought either to enlarge the commission's membership or to eliminate it entirely and require senate confirmation. Other proposals have called for creating judicial nominating commissions for the trial and appellate courts, reducing the terms of appellate judges and providing for contested elections, and requiring confirmation by both the commission on judicial appointments and the senate and limiting appellate judges to a single term. To date, none of these proposals have been successful. For a complete account of failed reform proposals, see Culver and Wold, "Judicial Reform in California," in Champagne and Haydel (eds.), Judicial Reform in the States (Lanham, Md: University Press of America, 1993).