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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 5 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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Barbara Jones
638,803 / 78.4% Yes votes ...... 175,585 / 21.6% No votes

  • Occupation: Presiding Justice
  • Associate Justice, 1996-1998
  • Civil and Criminal Trial Judge, San Francisco Superior Court, 1992-1996
  • Private law practice in Northern California for over 16 years
  • J.D. University of San Francisco
  • A.B. Duke University
  • Former elementary school teacher and editor of social studies textbooks
  • To decide cases fairly without bias, according to controlling law
  • To promote equal access to the courts by all
  • To treat all persons in our courts with courtesy and respect
Linda M. Gemello
617,517 / 76.4% Yes votes ...... 190,895 / 23.6% No votes

  • Occupation: Associate Justice
  • Associate Justice, California Court of Appeal, January 2002
  • Judge of the Superior Court, San Mateo County, 1997-2001 (elected 1996)
  • Private law practice, 1980-1996
  • Teacher at Los Altos High School; Santa Clara University
  • Graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D., and Santa Clara University, B.A. and M.A.
  • To decide cases fairly
  • To follow the law
  • To treat all persons before the court with respect
Mark Simons
591,869 / 74.3% Yes votes ...... 204,277 / 25.7% No votes

  • Occupation: Associate Justice
  • Associate Justice, California State Court of Appeal, First District, Division Five, since 2001
  • Adjunct Professor, Hastings College of the Law
  • Presiding Judge of the Contra Costa Superior Court, 1999-2000; Trial Judge of the Conta Costa Municipal and Superior Courts, 1980-2000
  • Deputy Public Defender, County of Contra Costa, 1973-1980
  • Private law practice, 1971-1973
  • Graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, J.D., and the University of Michigan, B.A.
  • Maintain a fair, impartial and independent judiciary
  • Render decisions based on the law
  • Treat all persons in our courts with courtesy and respect

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