Special Announcement

Posted Tuesday, May 4, 2021
NOTICE

The Supreme Court continues to follow guidance provided by federal, state, and local health authorities to limit the spread of COVID-19. In response to the coronavirus situation, the court has adopted expanded e-filing rules for litigants. Also, until further notice the court will continue to conduct oral argument from the San Francisco Supreme Court Headquarters building, with counsel appearing remotely and being provided time for uninterrupted argument.

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Supreme Court Oral Argument Calendar for May 18 and 19, 2021 (Apr 28, 2021)
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 May 18 and 19, 2021. Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and related public health directives from state and local authorities, the procedures specified by Administrative Orders Nos. 2020-03-13 (Mar. 16, 2020), 2020-03-27 (March 27, 2020), and 2020-08-19 (August 19, 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.

Supreme Court Names Members of Blue Ribbon Bar Exam Commission (Apr 27, 2021)
The Joint Supreme Court/State Bar Blue Ribbon Commission on the Future of the California Bar Exam will develop recommendations on whether to make changes to the California Bar Exam, and “whether to adopt alternative or additional testing or tools to ensure minimum competence to practice law."

Supreme Court clarifies citation of opinions rule (Apr 21, 2021)
The court issued Administrative Order 2021–04–21, which amends the comment to California Rules of Court, Rule 8.1115. In the future, when the court grants review of a published Court of Appeal decision, that decision’s treatment of any issue that is the subject of a split of authority among the Courts of Appeal will retain limited precedential status during review—allowing a superior court to choose to follow the review-granted decision’s approach to the issue. The order also clarifies that when the court grants review of a published Court of Appeal decision, then “vacates” the decision below and transfers the cause back to the Court of Appeal for reconsideration, the Court of Appeal’s decision will be rendered either “depublished” or “not citable,” unless the Supreme Court orders otherwise.

Court Issues Order for July 2021 Bar Exam to be Administered Online (Feb 26, 2021)
The Supreme Court of California on Friday issued an order to administer the July 2021 California Bar Examination online. The exam will take place on July 27 and 28, with the State Bar given discretion to grant in-person testing for those needing accommodations. The Supreme Court last year permanently lowered the passing score from 1440 to 1390.

Court Reappoints Two Members to the Commission on Judicial Performance (Feb 18, 2021)
The court reappointed two members to the Commission on Judicial Performance. Justice William S. Dato of the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division One (San Diego) and Trinity County Judge Michael B. Harper will both begin their new four-year terms on March 1.

Court Reappoints Three Members to State Bar Trustees Nominating Committee (Feb 18, 2021)
The court reappointed three members to the State Bar Trustees Nominating Committee (TNC), which assists the court in soliciting and evaluating potential appointees to the State Bar Board of Trustees. Members reappointed are attorneys Jamon Hicks, Jerrilyn Malana, and Chris Alan Schneider, all to three-year terms beginning Feb. 7.

Court Expands Law License Pathway for Prior Examinees (Jan 28, 2021)
The California Supreme Court on Thursday issued an order expanding the pathway to a California law license, allowing thousands more law school graduates with qualifying prior bar exam scores to work as fully licensed attorneys after completing supervised practice hours. The Provisional Licensure program will be expanded to include those who scored 1390 or higher on any California Bar Exam dating back from February 2020 to July 2015.

Applications Open for Bar Exam Commission (Nov 13, 2020)
The State Bar of California has begun recruitment for members of the Joint Supreme Court/State Bar Blue Ribbon Commission on the Future of the California Bar Exam. Applications are being accepted until November 30. For more information, visit: www.calbar.ca.gov/About-Us/Who-We-Are/Committees/Blue-Ribbon-Commission.

Court Approves Charter for Bar Exam Commission (Oct 26, 2020)
The Supreme Court of California approved a charter for the commission that will study the future of the Bar Exam, allowing the State Bar to begin recruitment for the group in November. The Joint Supreme Court/State Bar Blue Ribbon Commission on the Future of the California Bar Exam will develop recommendations “concerning whether and what changes to make to the California Bar Exam, and whether to adopt alternative or additional testing or tools to ensure minimum competence to practice law,” according to the charter.

Court Approves Provisional Licensing Program for 2020 Law School Graduates (Oct 22, 2020)
The Supreme Court of California approved a new rule creating the Provisional Licensure Program for 2020 law school graduates, after the COVID-19 health pandemic forced delay of the California Bar Examination. The court adopted Rule 9.49 of the California Rules of Court, which will take effect November 17. The program will continue until June 21, 2022 unless extended by the court.

California Supreme Court Names Jury Selection Work Group (Jul 6, 2020)
The Supreme Court of California on Monday named members to its Jury Selection Work Group to study changes or new measures to guard against impermissible discrimination in jury selection. The work group includes 11 judges and justices that represent the California Supreme Court, appellate courts and trial courts throughout the state. Over 12 to 15 months, work group members will study a broad range of topics related to jury selection, including diversity in California jury pools, changes to jury instructions and the impact of unconscious bias.

Supreme Court of California Issues Statement on Equality and Inclusion (Jun 11, 2020)
In view of recent events in our communities and through the nation, we are at an inflection point in our history. It is all too clear that the legacy of past injustices inflicted on African Americans persists powerfully and tragically to this day. Each of us has a duty to recognize there is much unfinished and essential work that must be done to make equality and inclusion an everyday reality for all. [Full statement].

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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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