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The California Courts of Appeal are the state's intermediate courts of review. Their primary function is to ensure that the law is interpreted and applied correctly.

The California Courts of Appeal review the vast majory of appealable orders or judgments from superior courts. The primary exception involves death penalty cases, which automatically are appealed directly to the California Supreme Court.

California has six appellate districts, based on geography. Some districts are further subdivided into divisions. A presiding justice and two or more associate justices sit in each appellate district. In the most recent year, more than 20,000 appeals and original proceedings were filed in the California Courts of Appeal.

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Courts Mourn the Passing of Justice Richard Mosk

Courts Mourn the Passing of Justice Richard Mosk

April 18, 2016 | News Release
LOS ANGELES—Associate Justice Richard M. Mosk passed away after a brief illness on Sunday, April 17, 2016. Justice Mosk was the son of Supreme Court of California Associate Justice Stanley Mosk, and had just retired from the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Five in March. He was 76.
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Justice Richard Mosk to Retire From Second District Court of Appeal

March 31, 2016 | News Release
LOS ANGELES—Associate Justice Richard M. Mosk of the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Five (Los Angeles), will retire on March 31, 2016, after nearly 15 years on the bench. In his March 18, 2016 letter to Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., announcing his intent to retire, Associate Justice Mosk wrote, “It has been an honor and a privilege for me to serve as a Justice of this Court.”
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