UNIFYING SUPERIOR, MUNICIPAL, AND JUSTICE COURTS. LEGISLATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. Provides Legislature may authorize a county to unify municipal and justice courts within superior court upon approval by majority vote of county electors. Upon unification, provides for municipal and, unless Legislature provides otherwise, justice court judges to become superior court judges; authorizes Legislature to provide powers and duties of former municipal and justice court judges during balance of terms; requires Legislature to prescribe number and compensation of judges and court enforcement officers and provide for clerk, other officers, and employees; establishes original and appellate jurisdiction of superior court; specifies other matters. Summary of Legislative Analyst's estimate of net state and local government fiscal impact: No impact until implemented by legislation and approval vote in county. When implemented, depending on legislative action, there would be state and/or county increased salary and retirement costs due to higher salaries of judges elevated. There could be unknown administrative costs or savings, depending on implementation. Fiscal impact could vary substantially from county to county.
Legislative Vote Results
Assembly - Ayes, 69; Noes, 0 -- Senate - Ayes, 28; Noes, 4
Popular Vote Results
Y: 2314700; A: 34.7; N: 4362767; B: 65.3
Assembly Constitutional Amendment
Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, Formerly Governor and Attorney General State of California; Omer L. Rains, State Senator, 18th District Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee; G. Dennis Adams, Judge, Superior Court of San Diego County
John G. Schmitz, State Senator, 36th District; Steve White, Executive Director California District Attorneys Association; Thomas H. Ault, President, San Diego County Bar Association
Rebuttal Against Author
Omer L. Rains, State Senator, 18th District Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee; Larry Stirling, Member of the Assembly, 77th District Member, Assembly Judiciary Committee; John Gardenal, President, California Trial Lawyers Association
Unifying Superior, Municipal, And Justice Courts. California Proposition 10 (1982).