Tuesday, August 2, 2016

A New Ground for Grant & Transfer?

That's the title of an article in today's DJ by retired Justice Cruz Reynoso and appellate lawyer Stephen Greenberg (a cofounder of CalAppErrors.com -- an online compendium of appellate error). Here's the set up:
There's an age-old philosophical question, "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" It's time to pose an analogous - and much more practical - query: If a California Court of Appeal opinion presents no "important question of law" but arguably relies on a material factual or legal error, or an unbriefed issue, does it make a difference?
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The authors propose a new subdivision for CRC 8.500, one that basically says, "if the Court of Appeal opinion was materially erroneous in some way, the Supreme Court may send the case back for reconsideration - and must do so, if the decision violated Government Code Section 68081."