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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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Jorge E. Navarrete Appointed First Latino Court Administrator and Clerk of the Supreme Court

Jorge E. Navarrete Appointed First Latino Court Administrator and Clerk of the Supreme Court

September 14, 2016 | News Release
Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye today announced, on behalf of the Supreme Court of California, the appointment of Mr. Jorge E. Navarrete, the court’s current Assistant Clerk Administrator, as the twenty-seventh Court Administrator and Clerk of the Supreme Court. The appointment will take effect Saturday, October 1, 2016.
Frank A. McGuire to Retire as Court Administrator and Clerk of the Supreme Court

Frank A. McGuire to Retire as Court Administrator and Clerk of the Supreme Court

August 26, 2016 | News Release
San Francisco—Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye announced today that Mr. Frank A. McGuire will retire from his position as the 26th Court Administrator and Clerk of the Supreme Court of California, effective September 30, 2016. His retirement follows a distinguished 30-year legal career, including the past 25 years with the California Judicial Branch.
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Supreme Court Eliminates Automatic Depublication

Supreme Court Eliminates Automatic Depublication

June 01, 2016 | News Release
SAN FRANCISCO—The Supreme Court of California announced today that it has amended the California Rules of Court to eliminate the practice of automatically “depublishing” published Court of Appeal decisions when the Supreme Court grants review. The new rules will become effective on July 1, 2016.
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Public Comment Plays Unique Role in Judicial Ethics Opinions

Public Comment Plays Unique Role in Judicial Ethics Opinions

May 20, 2016 | Feature
Public comment helps the Supreme Court of California’s Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions draft advisory opinions on ethics issues of importance to California’s judges—it also helps them decide whether to publish an opinion or redraft based on the comments received.
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Supreme Court Begins Live Webcasting

Supreme Court Begins Live Webcasting

May 02, 2016 | Feature
The Supreme Court of California will begin live webcasting of its early-May three-day oral argument calendar session in San Francisco, beginning May 3. The decision to webcast the court's oral argument calendar sessions was announced by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye in her 2016 State of the Judiciary Address to a joint session of the California Legislature in March.
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