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State of California June 2, 1998 Primary
Proposition 221
Subordinate Judicial Officers. Discipline.

Legislative Constitutional Amendment. Put on the Ballot by the Legislature.

3,958,652 / 80.8% Yes votes ...... 943,326 / 19.2% No votes

Infomation shown below: Summary | Fiscal Impact | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |
Summary Prepared by the State Attorney General:
  • This measure grants the Commission on Judicial Performance discretionary authority with regard to the oversight and discipline of subordinate judicial officers, subject to California Supreme Court review, according to same standards as judges.
  • Provides that no person found unfit to serve as subordinate judicial officer after hearing before Commission shall have status required to serve as subordinate judicial officer.
  • Responsibility of court to initially discipline or dismiss subordinate judicial officer as employee not diminished or eliminated by measure.

Fiscal Impact from the Legislative Analyst:
  • Probably minor, if any, state costs for the Commission on Judicial Performance to provide oversight and discipline over court commissioners and referees.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote of this measure means:
The California Commission on Judicial Performance could, at its discretion, oversee and discipline court commissioners and referees.

A NO vote of this measure means:
Presiding judges of local courts would continue to be responsible for oversight and discipline of court commissioners and referees.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted to the Secretary of State

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 221:
We need greater accountability in our courts. This measure grants the Commission on Judicial Performance authority to discipline unfair court commissioners who are biased, unqualified, or consistently render bad legal decisions. Prosecutors, the Family Guardian Network, and the victims of injustice endorse Senator Tim Leslie's measure to rein in rogue commissioners.

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Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 221:
Contact FOR Proposition 221:
Senator Tim Leslie
State Capitol, Room 4081
Attn: Barbara McPherson

Contact AGAINST Proposition 221:

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