Thursday, November 10, 2016

Report on Cal. Supreme Court just posted

Learn about the work of California's high court during its court year September 1, 2015 – August 31, 2016. Multimedia content is included with the summary of key court year statistics.
See A Year in Review at the Supreme Court of California (Sept. 1, 2015 to Aug. 31, 2016), which begins as follows:

The 2015 – 2016 court year saw the Supreme Court:

  • return to a full complement of associate justices,
  • continue its 15-year student outreach tradition,
  • revise a long-standing rule by ending the disfavored practice of automatically eliminating published Court of Appeal opinions upon grant of review, and
  • expand public access by live streaming oral arguments with captions in English and Spanish.
From September 2015 to August 2016, the court issued 78 written opinions, which decided matters of statewide importance, maintained uniformity in the law throughout California, and disposed of 19 automatic appeals filed with the court following a judgment of death. Petitions for review, and habeas corpus petitions (both capital and non-capital) represented the other main workload drivers, and the court continued to exercise its responsibility to review both attorney and judicial disciplinary matters.

The report has photos, stats (e.g., of the 78 opinions, 35 were civil, 21 criminal, 22 death penalty), and lots of other fun info.