The CA constitution and CA Government code section 68210 prescribe the time frame manner in which decisions are to be issued. CA government code section 68210 states that no judge of a court of record shall receive his salary unless he shall make and subscribe before an officer entitled to administer oaths, an affidavit stating that no cause before him remains pending and undetermined for 90 days after it has been submitted for decision.
The CA government government code is based on California Constitution Article VI Judicial Section 19 which specifies that a judge of a court of record may not receive the salary for the judicial office held by the judge while any cause before the judge remains pending and undetermined for 90 days after it has been submitted for decision.Mardikian v. Commission on Judicial Performance (1985) 40 Cal.3d 473, 477, fn. 4 [220 Cal.Rptr. 833, 709 P.2d 852] (Mardikian).
The Court of Record includes Court of Appeals as specified by BROWN V. SUPERIOR COURT 655 P.2D 1260 (CAL. 1982), a California supreme court decision specifying that government code section 68200 et seq. applies to appellate justices as well.
The commission on judicial performance has admonished a number of judges for not adhering to the ninety day time frame in issuing decisions which include: In re McCullough (1987) 43 Cal.3d 534,. 535 , Mardikian v. Commission on Judicial Performance (1985) 40 Cal.3d 473, 477, fn. , In re Jensen (1978) 24 Cal.3d 72, 73 [154 Cal.Rptr. 503, 593 P.2d 200], In re Creede (1986) 42 Cal.3d 1098, 1099 , Public Admonishment of Judge Robert H. Oliver (1998), Public Reproval of Judge Thomas Breen (1995).