June 7, 2022, Election
Office Qualifications and Requirements
Judicial (Elected Countywide)
Judge of the Superior Court
(Office Nos. 2, 4, 6, 7, and 9)
- Term of Office
- Filing Requirements
- Nomination Documents and Procedures
- Declaration of Intention
- Declaration of Candidacy
- Nomination Petitions
- Statement of Qualifications (Optional)
- Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700)
- Voluntary Code of Fair Campaign Practices
- California Political Cyberfaud Abatement Act
- Campaign Committee Filing Obligations
Term of Office
Superior Court Judges serve 6-year terms beginning January 2, 2023.
California Constitution Article VI §16(c)
A candidate for Superior Court Judge shall:
- be a citizen of the United States; and
- be registered to vote; and
- not have been convicted of a felony involving accepting or giving, or offering to give, any bribe, the embezzlement of public money, extortion or theft of public money, perjury, or conspiracy to commit any of those crimes, or for being an official interested in contracts, or becoming a vendor or purchaser at sales, or purchasing scrip of other evidences of indebtedness, in which the official has financial interest; and
- have been a member of the State Bar for ten years immediately preceding the election; or
- have served as a judge of a California court of record for ten years immediately preceding the election.
California Constitution Article VI, §15
Elections Code §§20, 201
Government Code §1097
Filing Fee or Signatures-in-Lieu of Paying Filing Fee
The non-refundable filing fee is payable to the Registrar of Voters, and must be paid at the time the Declaration of Intention is filed.
The filing fee for Judge of the Superior Court is $2,250.74.
Signatures-in-Lieu of Paying Filing Fee
A candidate may submit petitions containing signatures of registered voters to cover all, or any pro-rata portion, of the filing fee. The petition-in-lieu form may be obtained from any county elections official beginning January 3, 2022. The petitions must be filed with the county elections official in the county where circulated no later than the close of business on February 9, 2022, and prior to filing a Declaration of Intention. Circulators shall be 18 years of age or older.
The number of signatures-in-lieu needed to cover the full cost of the filing fee for Judge of the Superior Court is 4,582.
Any registered voter may sign an in-lieu-filing-fee petition for any candidate for whom he or she is eligible to vote.
Elections Code §§102, 8104(b), 8105(b), 8106 (a)(4),(6), (b)(1),(4)
Nomination Documents and Procedures
Declaration of Intention
Each candidate must file a Declaration of Intention between January 31, 2022 and February 9, 2022, in the office of the elections official in which his or her nomination papers are required to be filed. If an incumbent, eligible to be elected, fails to file by the close of business on February 9, 2022, any person other than the incumbent may file a Declaration of Intention not later than the close of business on February 14, 2022. No candidate for a judicial office shall be required to state his or her residential address on the Declaration of Intention; however, the address must be provided to the elections official for verification.Elections Code §§15, 8023, 8024
Declaration of Candidacy
Each candidate is required to file a Declaration of Candidacy between February 14, 2022, and March 11, 2022. The Declaration shall be obtained from the county elections official of the county in which the candidate resides and is a voter. The Declaration of Candidacy must be executed in the office of the elections official unless the candidate, in a written statement signed and dated by the candidate, designates a third party to obtain the Declaration from the county elections official and deliver it to the candidate. Such written statement shall state that the candidate is aware the Declaration must be properly executed and delivered to the county elections official from whom it was obtained not later than the close of business on March 11, 2022.
If an incumbent, eligible to be elected, files a Declaration of Intention within the prescribed time frame, but fails to file a Declaration of Candidacy by the close of business on March 11, 2022, any person, other than the person who was the incumbent on March 11, 2022, may file a Declaration of Candidacy not later than the close of business on March 16, 2022, regardless of whether that person filed a Declaration of Intention. No candidate for a judicial office shall be required to state his or her residential address on the Declaration of Candidacy; however, the address must be provided to the elections official for verification.Elections Code §§15, 8023, 8024
Each candidate is required to file a Nomination Petition between February 14, 2022, and March 11, 2022, containing at least 20 and no more than 40 signatures of registered voters in the jurisdiction. Each section of the Nomination Petition shall be delivered to the county elections official of the county where circulated, not later than the close of business on March 11, 2022. Circulators shall be 18 years of age or older. Note: Signatures submitted in lieu of paying the filing fee, which meet the requirements of this section, may be designated to satisfy this requirement.Elections Code §§100, 102, 106(a), 8020, 8041, 8061, 8062(a)(2), 8063, 8066, 8068, 8106(d)
Statement of Qualifications (Optional)
Any candidate for local nonpartisan office may submit a Statement of Qualifications to be printed in the County Voter Information Guide. Statements must be filed at the same time nomination papers are filed and may be withdrawn, but not changed, until 5 p.m. the next regular business day after nominations close. Statements are confidential until nominations (or extended nominations) close and then become public record.
Statements shall be limited to a recitation of the candidate’s own personal background and qualifications, and shall not in any way make reference to other candidates for that office or to another candidate's qualifications, character, or activities.
Elections Code §§13307, 13308, 13311
Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700)
Government Code §87300 requires every agency to adopt a Conflict of Interest Code. A Conflict of Interest Code is a document that designates the positions within an agency, which make or participate in making governmental decisions that may have a foreseeable material effect on any financial interest.
Each candidate must file a Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700) not later than the final filing date for the Declaration of Candidacy. Elected officials must also file Statements of Economic Interests within (30) days after assuming office, annually, and within (30) days of leaving office. If an individual is appointed to an office, he or she must file not more than (30) days after assuming office. Under certain conditions, the Statement of Economic Interests need not be filed if such a statement was filed within (60) days prior to the filing of a Declaration of Candidacy or the date of assuming office.Government Code §§87200 et seq.
Voluntary Code of Fair Campaign Practices (Optional)
At the time an individual files his or her Declaration of Candidacy, Nomination Petition, or any other paper evidencing an intention to be a candidate for public office, the county elections official shall give the individual a copy of the Code of Fair Campaign Practices and a copy of the provisions of Ch. 5, Div. 20 of the Elections Code.Elections Code §20440
California Political Cyberfraud Abatement Act
As defined in Elections Code §18320 it is unlawful for a person, with intent to mislead, deceive, or defraud, to commit an act of political cyberfraud.Elections Code §18320
Campaign Committee Filing Obligations
See General Information on Campaign Filing Obligations in this guide or the appropriate Fair Political Practices Commission Manual.