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California Proposition 48, Remove References to "Municipal Courts" from Constitution (2002)

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California Proposition 48, or the Court Consolidation Amendment, was on the November 5, 2002 statewide ballot in California as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.

Proposition 48 amended the California Constitution to delete references to the municipal courts. In 1998, California's voters approved Proposition 220, which authorized the elimination of the state's municipal courts. Propositon 48 in 2002 was viewed as largely a technical revision to the state's constitution, since it deleted references to courts that by 2002 no longer existed.

Election results

Proposition 48
Approveda Yes 4,849,108 72.9%

Constitutional changes

California Constitution

The changes made to the California Constitution as a result of the approval of Proposition 48 were:

Text of measure


The ballot title was:

Court Consolidation. Legislative Constitutional Amendment.


Proposition 48 asked the question:

"Should the California Constitution be amended to delete references to the municipal courts?"


The ballot summary said:

"Amends Constitution to delete references to the municipal courts, which references are now obsolete due to the consolidation of superior and municipal trial courts into unified superior courts."

Fiscal impact

The fiscal estimate provided by the California Legislative Analyst's Office said:

"No additional cost to state or local government."

Path to the ballot

The California State Legislature voted to put Proposition 48 on the ballot via Assembly Constitutional Amendment 15 of the 2001-2002 Regular Session (Resolution Chapter 88, Statutes of 2002).

Votes in legislature to refer to ballot
Chamber Ayes Noes
Assembly 72 0
Senate 38 0

See also

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