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The Supreme Court of California is the state's highest court. Its decisions are binding on all other California state courts. 

The California Supreme Court  consists of the Chief Justice of California and six Associate Justices, each appointed or nominated by the Governor.

The court conducts regular sessions in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento; it may also hold special sessions elsewhere. In its most recent year, the California Supreme Court received nearly 8,000 filings and issued 85 written opinions.

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Supreme Court Oral Argument Webcast Archive

Supreme Court Oral Argument Webcast Archive

February 21, 2017 | Feature
The Supreme Court of California launched its live webcasting of oral argument calendars with the early-May calendar in San Francisco, receiving over 3,500 live views. Following the late-May and June oral argument calendars that live view number has...
Supreme Court makes Appointments to Commission on Judicial Performance

Supreme Court makes Appointments to Commission on Judicial Performance

February 16, 2017 | News Release
SAN FRANCISCO—The California Supreme Court today announced the reappointment of Justice Ignazio J. Ruvolo, Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division Four (San Francisco), and the new appointment of Judge Michael B. Harper of the Superior Court of Trinity County, as members of the Commission on Judicial Performance. Both terms begin March 1, 2017.
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Supreme Court Appoints International Commercial Arbitration Working Group

Supreme Court Appoints International Commercial Arbitration Working Group

February 10, 2017 | News Release
SAN FRANCISCO—Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye today announced, on behalf of the Supreme Court of California, the creation of a Supreme Court International Commercial Arbitration Working Group to study the possibility of allowing foreign and out-of-state attorneys to represent parties in international commercial arbitrations situated in California.
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Public Comment Sought on Draft Judicial Ethics Advisory Opinion

Public Comment Sought on Draft Judicial Ethics Advisory Opinion

January 31, 2017 | News Release
SAN FRANCISCO—The California Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions (CJEO) invites public comment on a draft opinion discussing whether judicial officers may have an interest in a commercial enterprise that involves the sale or manufacture of medical or recreational marijuana.
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Ethics Committee Advises Judge May Swear In New DA

Ethics Committee Advises Judge May Swear In New DA

November 30, 2016 | Feature
The Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions (CJEO) issued oral advice that a judge may administer the oath of office to a newly elected district attorney. CJEO Oral Advice Summary 2016-018 concludes that because judges are authorized by law to administer the oath of office that all public office holders are required to take under the California Constitution, doing so is an official function of judicial office.
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Supreme Court Makes Appointments to Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions

Supreme Court Makes Appointments to Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions

November 22, 2016 | News Release
SAN FRANCISCO--The California Supreme Court today announced the reappointment of Justice Judith L. Haller of the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District and Judge Michael T. Garcia (Ret.) of the Superior Court of Sacramento County, and the appointment of Judge Samantha P. Jessner of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County to fill a vacancy, to four-year terms on the Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions.
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