Demographic Data

Demographic Data on gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and veteran’s and disability status of California State Justices and Judges (Gov. Code § 12011.5(n))*

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Government Code section 12011.5(n) requires the Judicial Council of California to collect and release aggregate demographic data relative to the gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and veteran’s and disability status of California state court justices and judges, by specific jurisdiction each calendar year. The Governor and the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluations (JNE Commission) of the State Bar of California are similarly required to collect and release the same information for judicial applicants.

In accordance with the requirements of Government Code section 12011.5(n), the Judicial Council collected the demographic data and prepared separate charts showing:

  1. the overall gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity of justices and judges in the Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, and trial courts;
  2. the gender of justices and judges by jurisdiction—for the Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal by district, and trial courts by county;
  3. the race/ethnicity of justices and judges by jurisdiction;
  4. the specific race/ethnicity reported by those justices and judges who indicated that they consider themselves to be of more than one race/ethnicity;
  5. the sexual orientation and gender identity of justices and judges by jurisdiction;
  6. the veteran’s and disability status of justices and judges by jurisdiction; and
  7. comparisons of the current overall data pertaining to gender and race/ethnicity to findings from previous years, beginning in 2007.

Increasing the diversity of California's judicial officers to reflect the rich diversity of California's populace continues to be an important goal of the Judicial Council of California.

*The requirement for collection of information on sexual orientation and gender identity was passed by the Legislature (Senate Bill 182) in 2011, with the data to be released first in the 2012 report.  Further, the additional requirement for the collection of information concerning veteran’s and disability status from new justices and judges was passed by the Legislature (Assembly Bill 1005) in 2013 and is released for the first time in the 2015 report.

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