Reevaluating How California Elects Judges

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In June, the Santa Clara County ballot will feature California's first judge recall measure in 86 years. (Photo: Getty Images)

With 17 propositions on the state ballot this year, California voters have plenty to research. So it's no surprise that they might not be familiar with the candidates for superior court judges or know whether they want to retain an incumbent judge. In this hour, Forum talks about how California elects its judges and what voters can do to become better informed about judicial candidates. We'll also examine the question of whether the state would be better off with an appointment system.

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Chris Bonneau, associate professor of political science, University of Pittsburgh

Jessica Levinson, professor of election law, Loyola Law School

Arthur Scotland, former presiding justice of the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, California; lawyer, Nielsen Merksamer