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State of California November 5, 2002 Election
California State Court of Appeal; District 3 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 (3025/3025)
Candidates (Vote Yes or No for Each)
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Arthur G. Scotland
404,994 / 73.1% Yes votes ...... 149,232 / 26.9% No votes

  • Occupation: Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District
  • Sacramento County Superior Court Judge, 1987-1989
  • Cabinet Secretary to Governor Deukmejian, 1983-1987
  • Deputy Attorney General, State of California, 1976-1983
  • Deputy District Attorney, County of Sacramento, 1974-1976
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1971-1974 (graduated with honors)
  • Law Enforcement Officer, 1968-1971
  • Act with integrity to reach a fair and legally-correct result in every case
  • Decide cases promptly, with respect for and courtesy to litigants and counsel
  • Continue my court's award-winning educational program for students
Rod Davis
396,138 / 72.2% Yes votes ...... 152,795 / 27.8% No votes

  • Occupation: Associate Justice
  • Associate Justice, Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District since 1989. Justice Pro Tempore of the California Supreme Court in 1998.
  • Judge of the Sacramento Superior Court from 1985-1989. Judge of the Sacramento Municipal Court from 1983-1985.
  • California Department of Justice, Chief of the statewide Medi-Cal Fraud Unit, Supervising Deputy of the Unit's Sacramento and San Francisco offices.
  • While with the Dept. of Justice, served as an acting district attorney for Sierra County and as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney.
  • Author of articles for the American Bar Association, American Judges Association, and California Judges Association. Lecturer in judicial ethics.
  • J.D., U.C. Hastings (staff, Constitutional Law Quarterly), M.A. in Pub. Admin., U.S.C, B.A., U.C. Davis (Fielder Award, Citation for Excellence).
  • To apply the law fairly, impartially, and in a manner that maintains the independence of the judiciary.
  • To treat all people that come before the Court with dignity and respect.
  • To issue timely opinions which are well-researched, well-written, and understandable.
Richard Sims
395,983 / 71.7% Yes votes ...... 156,579 / 28.3% No votes

  • Occupation: Associate Justice, Court of Appeal,Third Appellate District
  • Former Placer County Superior Court Judge
  • Former Member, California State/Federal Judicial Council
  • Former Chairman, Ethics Committee, California Judges Association
  • Former Vice Chairman, Center for Judicial Education and Research
  • Former General Counsel, Sheriff's Department
  • Elected President of graduating class, Harvard Law School
  • To decide cases fairly without personal bias
  • To follow and uphold the rule of law
  • To treat all persons with courtesy, dignity and respect
Ronald B. Robie
388,499 / 70.5% Yes votes ...... 162,566 / 29.5% No votes

  • Occupation: Associate Justice, Court of Appeal
  • Former Judge, Sacramento Superior Court
  • Former Judge, Sacramento Municipal Court
  • Former Director, California Department of Water Resources
  • Former Member, State Water Resources Control Board
  • Former Staff Director, California Legislature
  • Graduate, McGeorge School of Law (first in class), JD and University of California, Berkeley AB, MJ
  • To decide cases fairly and without bias
  • To faithfully follow the laws and the Constitutions of the United States and the State of California
  • To treat everyone before the court with respect
Vance W. Raye
387,041 / 70.5% Yes votes ...... 162,095 / 29.5% No votes

  • Occupation: Associate Justice
  • Former Judge, Sacramento Superior Court
  • Former Legal Affairs Secretary (Legal Counsel) for Governor George Deukmejian
  • Former Senior Assistant Attorney General
  • Former Judge Advocate, United States Air Force
  • Co-Author, "California Civil Practice Family Law Litigation."
  • Graduate, University of Oklahoma. Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society. President's Leadership Award.
  • To treat litigants fairly and with respect.
  • To adhere faithfully to the rule of law.
  • To apply the law with reason and common sense.
Daniel M. Kolkey
383,659 / 70.4% Yes votes ...... 161,486 / 29.6% No votes

  • Occupation: Associate Justice
  • Graduated from Stanford University with distinction and departmental honors in 1974 and from Harvard Law School magna cum laude in 1977
  • Associate and partner at the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher for 17 years (1978-1994)
  • Counsel to the Governor of California for 4 years (1995-1998)
  • Member of the Judicial Council's Blue Ribbon Commission on Jury System Improvement (1996)
  • Member for 2 years and chair for 1 year of the California Law Revision Commission (1992-1994)
  • Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal for 4 years (1999-present)
  • To decide disputes in accordance with the law, fairly, and with common sense and humility
  • To exercise judicial restraint and respect for our other branches of government and the parties
  • To make certain that the law is applied predictably and not arbitrarily

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November 3, 2002
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