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State of California (All Of Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne Counties) November 5, 2002 Election
California State Court of Appeal; District 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 (2487/2487)
Candidates (Vote Yes or No for Each)
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Dennis A. Cornell
301,711 / 73.3% Yes votes ...... 109,858 / 26.7% No votes

(This candidate has not responded to Smart Voter)

  • Occupation: Associate Justice
  • Addr: 2525 Capitol Street, Fresno, CA 93721
Gene Gomes
291,323 / 69.8% Yes votes ...... 126,337 / 30.2% No votes

(This candidate has not responded to Smart Voter)

  • Occupation: Associate Justice
  • Addr: 2525 Capitol Street, Fresno, CA 93721
Nick J. Dibiaso
280,420 / 68.2% Yes votes ...... 130,703 / 31.8% No votes

  • Occupation: Associate Justice, California Court of Appeal, since 1989
  • Judge, Fresno County Superior Court, 1985-1989
  • Private law practice, 1970 - 1985
  • Veteran, United States Army, Active Duty, 1968-1970. Recipient, United States Army Commendation Medal
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, San Joaquin College of Law,
  • Graduate, Boalt Hall School of law, University of California, Berkeley
  • Graduate, Santa Clara University, B.A., History
  • To follow and uphold the law
  • To act with fairness and curtesy, and without bias, to all persons in the court
  • To maintain a fair, impartial and independent judiciary

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