California Supreme Court 1 justice short

Nov 18, 2014 3:02 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California Supreme Court has been without one of its seven justices for more than seven months now, among the longest such intervals in a half century.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that's because Gov. Jerry Brown has not named a successor to Justice Joyce Kennard, who retired in April.

The court says the lack of a full complement of permanent justices is responsible at least in part for a decline in the number of rulings it has issued.

Brown's spokesman, Evan Westrup, noted in a statement to the Chronicle that the governor has appointed two other judges to the California Supreme Court. He says the timing of the decisions is based on finding the best possible candidate from a deep and diverse pool of applicants.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle

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