The purpose of the Courts of Appeal is to assist the California Supreme Court in providing appellate review for the 58 county superior courts by deciding appeals from final judgments and appealable orders, as well as by ruling on extraordinary writ petitions such as habeas corpus and mandamus. District Courts of Appeal handle the bulk of the appellate work, which allows the Supreme Court to restrict its review to cases raising important questions of law or legal issues that have been decided inconsistently in different District Courts of Appeal.
Cases are decided by randomly selected three justice panels. There are 7 justices in the Sixth District who decide over 900 appeals annually. In addition, the Sixth District disposes of 500 writ petitions annually.