Featured Supreme Court Cases

In certain high profile cases, the Supreme Court provides online access to some case documents to increase public access to court information.

Briggs v. Brown, S238309

Briggs v. Brown, S238309. In this original proceeding challenging the validity of the Death Penalty Reform and Savings Act of 2016 (Prop. 66, Gen. Elec. of Nov. 8, 2016), the court ordered respondents, including Jerry Brown, Governor of the State of California, to show cause why the relief sought by petitioners should not be granted. Orders and briefs are available here.

In re Sergio C. Garcia on Admission

Opinion filed Jan 2, 2014

Jan 2, 2014
News Release: California Supreme Court Admits Undocumented Immigrant to State Bar

Dec 31, 2013
Supreme Court indicates that it will file an opinion on Thursday, Jan 2, 2014, at 10:00 a.m.

Sept 4, 2013
Supreme Court hears oral arguments. Watch on YouTube | Listen (1:14:16)

On May 16, 2012, the Supreme Court issued an order directing the Committee of Bar Examiners to show cause why the court should grant the committee's motion to admit Sergio C. Garcia to the State Bar as a licensed attorney. 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.

News release: Supreme Court to Decide Bar Entrance for Undocumented Immigrant, May 16, 2012

In addition to briefs filed by the Committee of Bar Examiners and Garcia, the Supreme Court invited others to file amicus curiae briefs either in support of or in opposition to the motion to admit Garcia to the State Bar. Briefs and other filings

Vandermost v. Bowen

The elections redistricting case of Vandermost v. Bowen (S198387) was filed by the California Supreme Court on Friday, Jan 27, 2012. 

News Release: Supreme Court Issues Ruling on State Senate District Map for 2012 Elections

Related news releases:

Supreme Court to Hear Redistricting Case on Expedited Basis, Dec 9 2010

Supreme Court to Hear Redistricting Case at Special Session on Jan. 10, 2012

Click for the special session calendar for January 10, 2012

Click for the filings in this case

Perry v. Brown

San Francisco - The California Supreme Court unanimously voted to decide a question of state law in Proposition 8 case pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (Perry v. Brown (Hollingsworth) S189476 (9th Cir. No. 10-16696).

Proposition 8 Cases


Marriage Cases

In re Marriage Cases, (S147999)
Opinion - May 15, 2008

Marriage Case Histories

Oral Arguments were heard on March 4, 2008 
Listen (3:34:53)

News Releases

Order and News Release re: Denial of Rehearing and Stay
(Posted: June 4, 2008)

California Supreme Court Rules in Marriage Cases
(Posted: May 15, 2008)

Media Advisory: State Supreme Court Provides Online Briefs in Marriage Cases
(Posted: Feb 11, 2008)

Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Marriage Cases on March 4, 2008
(Posted: Feb 6, 2008)

Case Documents
Briefs filed in the case, organized by lead party.

Petitioner - City and County of San Francisco
Petitioner - Rymer (Joshua) et al.
Petitioner - Tyler (Robin) et al.
Petitioner - Clinton (Gregory) et al.

Respondent - State of California
Respondent - Schwarzenegger, as Governor, etc., et al.
Respondent - Proposition 22 Legal Defense & Education Fund
Respondent - Campaign for California Families et al.

Amici Curiae ("Friends of the Court")

Case Events

Case Information
Docket, disposition, parties and attorneys, and lower court information.

E-mail Notification
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