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Decisions from the California Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal

Appellate authority in California comes from intermediate appellate courts, known as Courts of Appeal, or the California Supreme Court. The Courts of Appeal are divided into six geographical districts, and most districts have several divisions. However, a published decision by a Court of Appeal in any district is binding on every trial court in every district, unless there are conflicting decisions by Courts of Appeal, in which case every trial court may follow any Court of Appeals' decision.

The court of last resort is the California Supreme Court, which reviews intermediate decisions on a discretionary basis. Once the Supreme Court grants review of a decision by a Court of Appeal, the Court of Appeal decision is not published in the official reports, and is not citeable as binding authority. The Supreme Court may affirm a Court of Appeals decision, reverse it, or order that it not be published in the official reports. In the latter instance (when a decision is "depublished") neither the Court of Appeal decision nor its "depublication" have any binding effect on anyone but the parties.

This link is to FindLaw's California cases section, an excellent free source for searching for California appellate decisions from 1934. It does require one-time registration.
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California Codes

California statutes appear in 29 codes, organized by subject matter. This link is to the State Legislature's codes section, which allows the user to search individual codes or all codes by section number or by key words.
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California Courts

This is the official site of the California Courts. It contains information about each of the Superior Courts in California, including local rules, locations and judges, and is a good source for searching California's Rules of Court.
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California Discovery Law

This is an unofficial site established by former Commissioner Richard Best, who was one of the two commissioners hearing discovery matters in San Francisco Superior Court. It gives considerable guidance on a variety of recurring discovery issues.
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California Legislature

Official site for California legislative information.
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Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

This is the link to the agency which administers California's Proposition 65, and has a wealth of useful information concerning California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986.
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California Court Sites

Adams | Nye | Becht lawyers appear in courts throughout the State of California nearly every day. The following is a menu of web sites with helpful information about the state and federal courts in which we appear most frequently:

County Superior Court
U.S. District Court

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Finz Advance Tapes

Professor Stephen Finz's FINZ ADVANCE TAPES provides monthly audiotapes on which all published California cases involving tort or personal injury law are discussed and analyzed.

 


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