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State of California

Methods of Judicial Selection: California

Removal of Judges

California judges may be removed in one of three ways:
  • Judges may be impeached by the assembly and convicted by two thirds of the senate.

  • Judges are subject to recall election.

  • The commission on judicial performance investigates complaints of judicial misconduct and incapacity and may privately admonish, suspend, censure, retire, or remove a judge. The commission's decisions are subject to review by the supreme court.