Special Announcement

Posted Thursday, June 4, 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, previously extended the deadlines under the California Rules of Court for an additional 30 days for all Supreme Court proceedings under an amended Administrative Order, 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 argument will be September, 2020 in San Francisco.

Of Current Interest

2021 Oral Argument Calendar (Aug 14, 2020)
The Supreme Court of California has published its Oral Argument Calendar for next year. The calendar highlights the weeks currently reserved for oral argument sessions in San Francisco, Sacramento, and Los Angeles. It also includes the dates for the court’s weekly conferences and court holidays for 2021.

Supreme Court Oral Argument Calendar for September 2, 2020 (Apr 12, 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 September 2, 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/.

Court Issues Order Finalizing October Online Bar Exam, Lower Passing Score for Future Bar Exam Takers (Aug 10, 2020)
The Supreme Court of California issued an order finalizing plans previously announced to permanently lower the passing score for the California Bar Exam and for an October test administered online. The court also said the lower passing score would not be applied retroactively to past test takers, in a letter sent today to the State Bar of California's Board of Trustees.

Court takes action on California Bar Examination (Jul 16, 2020)
The Supreme Court of California announced that it will permanently lower the passing score for the California Bar Exam and released plans for an October 5-6 test administered online. The court also directed the State Bar of California to expedite creation of a provisional licensure program under supervision to 2020 law school graduates—effective at least until June 1, 2022, or until they can take and pass a California bar exam.

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.

California Supreme Court Amends Code of Judicial Ethics (Jun 15, 2020)
The Supreme Court of California unanimously adopted a slate of changes to the California Code of Judicial Ethics, which include allowing judges to speak publicly about a pending case if they are criticized for a ruling during an election or recall campaign. The amendments, which go into effect July 1, were open for public comment over two months beginning last October and are based on the recommendations of the California Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the Code of Judicial Ethics.

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].

Justice Ming Chin to Retire from California Supreme Court (Jan 15, 2020)
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.


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.


View the Supreme Court oral argument calendar and the briefs for the cases being argued.

Supreme Court oral argument calendar for September 2, 2020

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Contact Info

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