A Profile of the California Supreme Court (minus Justice Moreno)

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Before profiling potential candidates to replace Justice Moreno on the California Supreme Court, we first provide a brief profile of the remaining court – not including Justice Moreno, whose announced retirement has initiated this discussion. When choosing a new member for the high court, there is often a discussion about what is “missing” from the court; in order to better address that issue, it can be helpful to look at its existing composition.

The remaining six members of the California Supreme Court represent a total of 134 years of judicial experience, although only two of them, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye and Justice Corrigan, had extensive experience on the bench before joining the high court, each with about twenty years of prior experience. In comparison, Justice Chin had previously served as a judge for eight years, while the others had previously served for about three years each. There may be other types of judicial experience, however, in that Justice Werdegar was a senior staff attorney with both the California Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court, while Justice Baxter assisted in the appointment of more than 700 judges while serving in the Deukmejian administration. However, regardless of their varied judicial experiences, each of the current justices had previously sat on a Court of Appeal before being nominated to the Supreme Court.

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