When there is a vacancy on the Supreme Court of California, or if a Supreme Court justice recuses him or herself from a case, a Court of Appeal justice is temporarily assigned to hear each Supreme Court case requiring such assignment. When there are vacancies on the Court of Appeal, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court temporarily assigns a judge from the superior court to sit as a Court of Appeal justice.
All California appellate courts are required by the California Constitution to decide cases in writing with reasons stated, even if the appeal is completely frivolous (the decision must summarize the facts and law of the case before concluding that the appeal is frivolous). Most Court of Appeal opinions are not published and have no precedential value; the opinions that are published are included in the California Appellate Reports.
The Courts of Appeal originally consisted of three appellate districts, headquartered in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento, with three justices each. These first nine justices were appointed by the Governor.
The California Court of Appeal for the First District is located in San Francisco. Its jurisdiction is over the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano, and Sonoma. It is divided into five non-geographical divisions with four justices each:
Clerk/Administrator: Diana J. Herbert
Assistant Clerk/Administrator: Susan Graham
The California Court of Appeal for the Second District has its main courthouse in Los Angeles and the secondary courthouse, hosting Division Six, in Ventura. Division Six handles appeals from San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties, while Divisions One through Five, Seven, and Eight handle appeals from Los Angeles County. Each division has four justices.
Clerk/Administrator: Joseph A. Lane
Assistant Clerk/Administrators: Daniel P. Potter and Paul McGill
The California Court of Appeal for the Third District is located in Sacramento. Its jurisdiction is over the following counties: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo, and Yuba. It has 11 justices and is not divided into divisions.
Clerk/Administrator: Deena C. Fawcett
Assistant Clerk/Administrator: Norman H. Harebottle
Clerk/Administrator: Stephen M. Kelly
Assistant Clerk/Administrator: Kevin J. Lane
The California Court of Appeal for the Fifth District is located in Fresno. Its jurisdiction covers the following counties: Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Tuolumne. It has 10 justices.
The California Court of Appeal for the Sixth District is located in the Comerica Bank building in San José. Its jurisdiction covers Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz Counties. It has seven justices.
Clerk/Administrator: Michael J Yerly
Assistant Clerk/Administrator: Corrine Pochop
California Courts of Appeal Issue Dueling Rulings on the Retroactivity of Proposition 64 Changes to the "17200" Law.
Feb 28, 2005; By Carolyn Blecha Hall and Wendy Lazerson (San Francisco) Originally published February 15, 2005 By passing Proposition 64,...
ATTORNEY GENERAL LOCKYER NAMES CRIMINAL LAW DIVISION CHIEF ROBERT R. ANDERSON AS NEW CHIEF DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR LEGAL AFFAIRS
Jul 19, 2006; The California Attorney General issued the following news release: Attorney General Bill Lockyer today announced he has named...