Recent News

Nominations sought for special masters for the Commission on Judicial Performance (Feb 2, 2015)
The Supreme Court seeks nominations, including self-nominations, of qualified justices and judges to serve as special masters for the Commission on Judicial Performance. Nominations are due February 20, 2015.
Details | Nomination form

Supreme Court Committee invites comment on proposed amendments (Nov 10, 2014)
The Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Code of Judicial Ethics invites public comment on proposed amendments to canons 3, 4, and 5. The deadline to submit comments is January 12, 2015.

Supreme Court Issues Annual Report on Workload Statistics for 2013–2014 (Oct 3, 2014)
The California Supreme Court today released its annual workload statistics for September 1, 2013, through August 31, 2014, the official court year for statistical purposes. Overall, the number of opinions issued by the court decreased from 87 last court year to 83 in 2013–2014. During the same period, the total number of filings and dispositions continued a downward trend in most categories.

Supreme Court Committee Provides Guidance on Appearing at Public Hearings (Oct 2, 2014)
Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions advises judges on commenting at public hearings and consulting with the Legislature.

Supreme Court of California Appoints New Reporter of Decisions (Oct 1, 2014)
Following a national search, the Supreme Court of California today announced the appointment of Mr. Lawrence W. Striley as the 25th Reporter of Decisions of the Supreme Court and the Courts of Appeal.

Justice Marvin Baxter Announces He Will Not Seek Re-Election (Jun 18, 2014)
Justice Marvin R. Baxter will not seek re-election as an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court in the Nov 2014 general election. He will conclude his current term of office and retire on Jan 4, 2015, after 24 years on the Supreme Court and 32 consecutive years of public service.

“Civility” Oath Approved by Supreme Court (May 1, 2014)
The California Supreme Court today announced the adoption of a new California Rule of Court, rule 9.4, to supplement the attorney oath for new lawyers. Known as the “civility” oath the new oath will include courtesy, dignity, and integrity and is effective May 23, 2014.

Supreme Court Appoints Four Members to the Applicant Evaluation and Nomination Committee for State Bar Court Judges (Mar 13, 2014)
The California Supreme Court today announced the appointment of four members to the court’s Applicant Evaluation and Nomination Committee, which solicits and evaluates applicants for appointment to the State Bar Court.

Associate Justice Joyce L. Kennard to retire (Feb 11, 2014)
Justice Joyce Kennard today notified Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., of her decision to retire from the California Supreme Court after twenty-five years of public service on the state high court, effective April 5, 2014.

High court denies admission to Glass (January 27, 2014)
The Supreme Court’s opinion declines to admit former journalist Stephen Randall Glass to the State Bar, denying him a license to practice law in California. The unanimous opinion was authored “by the court.”

Supreme Court Committee Provides Guidance on Emergency Orders in Family Law Cases (Jan 16, 2014)
The California Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions issued an advisory opinion that provides guidance to family law judges on reviewing applications for non-domestic-violence emergency orders.

High Court Grants Admission to Garcia (Jan 2, 2014)
The Supreme Court's opinion admits Sergio C. Garcia, an undocumented immigrant, to the State Bar, granting Garcia a license to practice law in California. The unanimous decision was authored by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye.

Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions Issues Two Formal Opinions (Dec 11, 2013)
The Supreme Court committee provides guidance on  disqualifications triggered by judicial campaign contributions and also advises on steps for judges to take to ensure that disclosures become part of the record.

Supreme Court returns to Sacramento for November Oral Argument Calendar (Oct 11, 2013) The California Supreme Court will return to its Sacramento courtroom in the Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building for the Nov 5 and 6, 2013 oral argument calendar. The renovation of the building that began in 2009 has created a safer, more accessible, and “green” building—view virtual tour.

October Conference and Outreach Session at Berkeley Law (Sep 10, 2013)
The court has published the calendar for the October Special Oral Argument Session and the briefs and other filings are available and will participate in a Conference hosted by the California Constitution Center at Berkeley Law in October 2013.

Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions Invites Comment on Draft Opinion (Aug 15, 2013)
The Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions invites public comment on a draft advisory opinion dealing with judicial ex parte communications in family law cases. Deadline for comment: Sept 9, 2013.

Supreme Court Makes Appointments to the State Bar Board of Trustees
(Aug 26, 2013) The Supreme Court appointed Attorneys Miriam Krinsky and Hernán Vera to the State Bar Board of Trustees following recommendations to the court by its seven-member State Bar Trustees Nominating Committee. The terms will commence October 12, 2013, and conclude after the bar’s annual board meeting in 2016.

S211990—Hollingsworth et al., v. O'Connell (Brown) & S212172—Dronenburg v. Brown et al. (Aug 14, 2013)
The Supreme Court’s final rulings on these two petitions, which sought orders requiring county clerks to enforce Proposition 8 (confining marriage to a union “between a man and a woman”), are now available. The court denied the petition in Hollingsworth and granted the request for dismissal in Dronenburg.

Historical Society Articles Profile Court (Jul 3, 2013)
The California Supreme Court Historical Society’s most recent newsletter profiles the work of the court in a number of articles. Some of the topics covered include the women justices on the bench, the court’s outreach sessions, and a profile of the Clerk/Administrator.

New Supreme Court Committee to Recommend State Bar Trustees (Feb 7, 2013)
The Supreme Court of California announced the creation of a seven-member State Bar Trustees Nominating Committee to assist the court in selecting appointees to the State Bar Board of Trustees. The committee’s organization and work will be guided by Rule 9.90 of the California Rules of Court, which the court adopted on January 23.

Special Session at the University of San Francisco (Feb 5, 2013)

justice ming answersMore than 200 attended the Supreme Court of California's historic special session at the University of San Francisco, School of Law. The session commemorated the centennial of the university’s law school and kicked-off a month long effort launched by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye to bring legal and civics learning into the public eye.

Seeking Applicants for State Bar Board of Trustees (Mar 8, 2013)
The California Supreme Court’s State Bar Trustees Nominating Committee is seeking qualified applicants for the court’s two appointments to the State Bar Board of Trustees in 2013. The deadline to apply is March 29, 2013. Application Form and instructions.

Students to Attend March Oral Arguments (Mar 1, 2013)
As part of the court’s ongoing outreach efforts, students from Campolindo High School in Moraga, Head-Royce School in Oakland, and Fresno City College, as well as law interns from the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, will each be attending portions of the court’s oral arguments on Tuesday, March 5 and Wednesday, March 6.

Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions Appointments (Jan 30, 2013)
The California Supreme Court appointed three new members and reappointed two current members to the Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions, an independent committee appointed by the court to help inform the judiciary and the public concerning judicial ethics topics.

Outreach Program to welcome students to February 6 oral arguments (Jan 24, 2013)
As part of the California Supreme Court’s ongoing outreach and education efforts, the court will welcome more than 100 students and teachers from Sacramento’s C.K. McClatchy High School to hear the two morning cases on the court’s February 6, 2013 oral argument calendar in San Francisco.

Supreme Court Adopts Revisions to Code of Judicial Ethics (Nov 14, 2012)
The Supreme Court has adopted amendments to the Code of Judicial Ethics concerning such topics as disclosure of campaign contributions and loans in judicial elections, conduct by judicial candidates, ex parte communications, conducting settlement conferences, and grounds for disqualification of judges.

Beth Jay, Chief Justice’s Principal Attorney, set to retire (Nov 16, 2012)
Beth Jay, who has significantly influenced the administration of justice of California while serving as the Principal Attorney to three Chief Justices of California over more than 25 years will retire at the end of the year. She has been a leading voice in the evolution of Supreme Court and judicial branch issues.

Supreme Court Orders Compliance with Preliminary Injunction in Campaign Contributions Case (Nov 4, 2012)
Acting on a petition filed late Friday, November 2, the California Supreme Court on Sunday, November 4, unanimously ordered Americans for Responsible Leadership, an Arizona nonprofit corporation, that recently made a sizable campaign contribution to a California political action committee, to comply with a trial court order directing the nonprofit corporation to provide information to the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) pending the nonprofit corporation’s appeal of the trial court order. (Fair Political Practices Commission v. Americans for Responsible Leadership, S206407.)

Annual Report on Workload Statistics (Oct 4, 2012)
The California Supreme Court's Annual Workload Statistics for Sept 1, 2011—Aug 31, 2012 is now available. The report contains details about the number of opinions filed and overall filings and dispositions. (Note: the figures contained in this report are not the same as those contained in the statistics report for the entire branch which are based on the fiscal year.)

Special Session Held at UC Davis School of Law on Oct 3 (Sep 27, 2012)
The Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom at the University of California at Davis School of Law was filled to capacity on Oct 3 for the Supreme Court of California's special oral argument session. The session is available for viewing on The California Channel. Case summaries and related information are available here.

California Supreme Court hires new clerk/administrator (Jun 4, 2012)
Frank McGuire is currently the managing attorney for the administrative presiding justice of the First District Court of Appeal and has spent more than 20 years working in the appellate courts.

Supreme Court posts briefs in Garcia on Admission (May 16, 2012)
This case concerns whether an undocumented immigrant who has graduated from law school and passed the California bar examination may be admitted to the California Bar or whether such admission is precluded by any federal statute or for any other reason.

Supreme Court Seeks Applicants for State Bar Board of Trustees (Apr 24, 2012)
The Supreme Court is seeking applicants for court’s first-ever appointment to State Bar Board of Trustees, which oversees the State Bar of California. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2012.

Frederick Ohlrich to Retire as Clerk/Administrator of Supreme Court (Mar 26, 2012)
After a 47-year career in the state justice system, Mr. Frederick Ohlrich will retire as Clerk/Administrator of the California Supreme Court.

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