California Proposition 92, Commission on Judicial Performance (1988)

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California Proposition 92 was on the November 8, 1988 statewide ballot in California as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.

Proposition 92 shortened the terms of some members of the state's Commission on Judicial Performance (CJP) to two years in order to create a situation where terms on the commission would be staggered. Proposition 92 also prohibited members of the CJP from serving more than two four-year terms.

Proposition 92 also said that when the CJP decides to institute formal proceedings against a judge, the affected judge can require that the hearings be done in public, although the CJP can countermand the judge's decision in favor of an open hearing if the CJP determines that there is "good cause" to conduct the hearings privately. Proposition 92 allows the CJP to issue a public reprimand of a judge without first obtaining the review of the California Supreme Court.

Election results

California Proposition 92 (1988)
Approveda Yes 6,259,210 74.22%

Constitutional changes

Proposition 92 amended Section 8 of Article VI and Section 18 of Article VI of the California Constitution.

Text of measure


The ballot title was:

Commission on Judicial Performance. Legislative Constitutional Amendment.[1]


The official summary said:

Specifies the powers which the Commission on Judicial Performance may exercise if, after conducting a preliminary investigation, it determines that formal disciplinary proceedings should be instituted against a judge. Such powers would permit public hearings on charges of moral turpitude, dishonesty, or corruption, and require public hearing at request of judge charged absent good cause for confidentiality. Shortens the term of specified members of the commission from 4 to 2 years in order to provide for staggered terms. Prohibits members from serving more than two 4-year terms.[1][2]

Fiscal impact

See also: Fiscal impact statement

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

"This measure would have a minor impact on state costs."[1]


Court cases about Proposition 92 include:

  • Adams v. Commission on Judicial Performance. 8 Cal. 4th 630, 882 P.2d 358, 34 Cal. Rptr. 2d 641 ( 1994).
  • Recorder v. Commission on Judicial Performance. 72 Cal. App. 4th 258, 85 Cal. Rptr. 2d 56 (1999).

Path to the ballot

The California State Legislature voted to put Proposition 92 on the ballot via Senate Constitutional Amendment 6 (Statutes of 1988, Resolution Chapter 67).[1]

Votes in legislature to refer to ballot
Chamber Ayes Noes
Assembly 72 0
Senate 36 0

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "California Secretary of State," November 8, 1988 ballot proposition voter guide
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.