Both a former prosecutor & civil rights lawyer
Both a former public defender & civil rights lawyer
The state bar’s Commission on Judicial Nominee Evaluation, made up of attorneys and public members appointed by the state bar’s Board of Trustees, screens judicial candidates and rates their qualifications for the governor. The governor appoints a nominee of their choosing, often informed by the Commission’s investigation and rating. The three-person Commission on Judicial Appointments – made up of the California Attorney General, Chief Justice, and most senior presiding justice on the Courts of Appeal – must approve the nomination. In order to remain on the court, appointed judges must garner a majority of the vote in a yes-no retention election coinciding with the first gubernatorial race after their appointment. After the first election, subsequent retention elections are for full 12-year terms.
Selection method sources:
Ballotpedia, Judicial Election Methods By State; Brennan Center for Justice, Judicial Selection: An Interactive Map; State Bar of California, Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission; California Courts, Commission on Judicial Appointments