When the municipal and superior courts in a county are unified:
(a) The judgeships in each municipal court in that county are abolished and the previously selected municipal court judges become judges of the superior court in that county. Until revised by statute, the total number of judgeships in the unified superior court shall equal the previously authorized number of judgeships in the municipal court and superior court combined.
(b) The term of office of a previously selected municipal court judge is not affected by taking office as a judge of the superior court. A previously selected municipal court judge is entitled to hold office for the same time period as if the judge had remained a judge of the municipal court. Until a previously selected municipal court judge leaves office or a successor is elected and qualifies, the time for election of a successor shall be governed by the law otherwise applicable to selection of municipal court judges. Thereafter, selection of a successor to the office shall be governed by the law governing selection of superior court judges.
(c) The 10-year membership or service requirement of Section 15 of Article VI of the California Constitution does not apply to a previously selected municipal court judge.
(Repealed and added by Stats. 1998, Ch. 931, Sec. 257. Effective September 28, 1998.)
Last modified: October 25, 2018