Martin Zaehringer speaks with George Alger about the role of a California Superior Court Judge.
California has 58 trial courts, one in each county. In trial courts, or superior courts, a judge and sometimes a jury hear witness testimony and other evidence and decide cases by applying the relevant law to the relevant facts. The California courts serve nearly 34 million people.
Before June 1998, California’s trial courts consisted of superior and municipal courts, each with its own jurisdiction and number of judges fixed by the Legislature. In June 1998, California voters approved a constitutional amendment that permitted the judges in each county to merge their superior and municipal courts into a “unified,” or single, superior court. As of February 2001, all of California’s 58 counties have voted to unify their trial courts.
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