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State of California (All Of Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano, Sonoma Counties) November 5, 2002 Election
California State Court of Appeal; District 1 Division 4 Voter Information

12 Year Term.

Established by a constitutional amendment in 1904, the Courts of Appeal are California's intermediate courts of review. California has six appellate districts, each with at least one division. The six appellate districts are composed of 19 divisions and 105 justices.

Each division has one Presiding Justice and two or more associate justices, appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments. The appointments are confirmed by the public at the next general election; justices also come before voters at the end of their 12-year terms. Vote "Yes" to confirm each of the following justices; vote "No" to oppose confirmation.

Results as of Nov 14 11:14am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (4761/4761)
Candidates (Vote Yes or No for Each)
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Patricia K. Sepulveda
626,118 / 77.1% Yes votes ...... 186,118 / 22.9% No votes

  • Occupation: Associate Justice
  • Associate Justice--1998--Present
  • Trial Judge--Contra Costa County--1989-1998
  • Deputy District Attorney--Contra Costa County--1978-1989
  • J.D.--Hastings College of the Law--1977
  • A.B.--University of California--1974
  • Decide cases fairly, based upon legal precedent
  • Uphold the law
  • Treat all litigants equally
Maria P. Rivera
624,354 / 76.6% Yes votes ...... 190,955 / 23.4% No votes

  • Occupation: Associate Justice (appointed January 2002)
  • Superior Court Judge, civil and criminal assignments, 1997-2001
  • Partner/Counsel, McCutchen law firm [formerly Van Voorhis & Skaggs] 1982-1996
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney 1979-1981
  • Deputy District Attorney 1978-1979
  • University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D. magna cum laude
  • Smith College, B.A. with distinction
  • To adjudicate all cases fairly and diligently.
  • To engender respect for the judicial branch of government.
  • As stated in my oath of office, to bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution and laws of the State.
Laurence D. Kay
597,743 / 74.7% Yes votes ...... 202,522 / 25.3% No votes

  • Occupation: Presiding Justice
  • J.D. Boalt Hall
  • Served 19 years on San Francisco Trial Bench
  • Presiding Judge San Francisco Superior Court 1996
  • Appointed Associate Justice California Court of Appeal December 2000
  • Appointed Presiding Justice December 2001
  • Fairness, impartiality and independance of the judiciary
  • Respect for all parties
  • Efficient administration of justice

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