Special Announcement

Posted Friday, March 27, 2020

The Supreme Court continues to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 coronavirus situation, and is following guidance provided by federal, state, and local health authorities to limit the spread of the virus. In response to the coronavirus situation, the court has adopted expanded e-filing rules for litigants, extended the deadlines under the California Rules of Court for an additional 30 days for all Supreme Court proceedings, and until further notice will be conducting oral argument from the San Francisco Supreme Court Headquarters building with counsel appearing through teleconferencing, videoconferencing, or similar methods of remote participation. The court has also implemented additional social distancing and density controls for oral argument.

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Oral Argument Information

The next scheduled oral arguments are on April 7 and 8, 2020 in San Francisco. Calendar.

Of Current Interest

Court Issues Second Standing Order on Oral Argument Procedure (Mar 27, 2020)

The Supreme Court of California today issued an order related to media access and social distancing for oral argument. The courtroom will accommodate up to 15 members of the press on a first come, first served basis. Because of space limitations, no public seating will be available, but the public will continue to have access to oral argument via live-streaming on the Judicial Branch website. Due to the requirements of appropriate social distancing, no more than five justices will be seated on the bench, with the two remaining justices participating remotely. Under the court's March 13 order, counsel will deliver oral argument remotely through video or telephone conference, or other electronic means.

Supreme Court Extends Deadlines in Response to COVID-19 (Mar 20, 2020)

The Supreme Court of California today issued an order extending all high court proceedings for an additional 30 days, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic which has created a "public health emergency." The order applies only to California Supreme Court proceedings with deadlines from March 20 through April 20. The order was issued under California Rules of Court, Rule 8.66, which governs emergency extensions of time.

Calendar posted for April San Francisco Oral Argument Session (Mar 27, 2020)

The Supreme Court of California has posted the calendar for the hearing at its courtroom in the Ronald M. George State Office Complex, Earl Warren Building, 350 McAllister Street, Fourth Floor, San Francisco, California, on April 7 and 8, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and related public health directives from state and local authorities, the procedures specified by Administrative Orders 2020-3-13 (Mar. 16, 2020) and 2020-03-27 (March 27, 2020) apply.  Counsel will appear remotely and courtroom seating for the press will be strictly limited to achieve appropriate distancing.  The public will continue to have access to argument via live-streaming on the judicial branch website:  https://www.courts.ca.gov/Case briefs.

Court Expands E-Filing in Response to COVID-19 (Mar 18, 2020)

The Supreme Court of California on Wednesday expanded mandatory electronic filing of all documents, including briefs.

Court Amends Oral Argument Procedures in Response to COVID-19 (Mar 16, 2020)

The Supreme Court of California today issued an order suspending all in-person oral argument "in light of the current public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, to protect the health and safety of the public."

Supreme Court Announces Jury Selection Work Group

Chief Justice will choose a work group to study whether modifications or additional measures are needed to guard against impermissible discrimination in jury selection.

Justice Ming Chin to Retire from California Supreme Court

Justice Ming W. Chin today announced he will retire from the Supreme Court of California on August 31, capping a nearly 25-year career on the state high court.

Supreme Court Releases Report on Leak of Bar Exam Topics (Nov 13, 2019)

The Supreme Court of California on Wednesday released a final report from its investigation into the disclosure of the exam topics for the July 2019 Bar exam.

Year in Review: the California Supreme Court (Oct 7, 2019)

A look back at some highlights from the 2018-2019 court year.


Case Information

The California Appellate Courts Case Information System provides case information for California Supreme Court and Court of Appeal cases. Case information is updated once an hour throughout the business day.

Representation of Death Penalty Inmates

The California Supreme Court is seeking qualified lawyers to represent indigent persons who have been sentenced to death in their direct appeal to the Supreme Court.  For information regarding applying for an appointment, appointed counsel’s duties, and payment of counsel’s fees and expenses, please use the following link: Representing Death Penalty Inmates.

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