Ed Jessen, California's longest serving Reporter of Decisions, will retire February 1 after 25 years of public service. No replacement has yet been named.
“Ed Jessen—who has been this court’s Reporter of Decisions for a
record-breaking 25 years—has followed in the footsteps of other notables,
including Bernie Witkin,” said Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye. “As
Reporter of Decisions, he helps this court and the Courts of Appeal efficiently
issue accurate, accessible, and clear opinions, written consistent with the
conventions set out in his handbook, the California Style Manual. Although the
work of the reporter’s office has been accurately described as a quiet and
backstage endeavor, it is indispensable to the appellate courts’ process of
producing ‘documents of state’ that belong to the people and contribute to the
rule of law. I have been privileged to know Ed as a man of integrity, honor,
humor, and intelligence—and I speak for the entire appellate court family in
saying that all of us will miss him greatly, and wish him the very best in his
Read the full press release here.