The state’s bar exam has long been one of the toughest to pass in the nation. Last year, California had the lowest rate of passage of any state, and its average score has dropped by about a third in recent years.
The state Supreme Court has cleared the way for a 12-year-old boy, who was nearly killed when a 72-foot tree fell on his tent at a San Mateo County park, to sue the county for road-building and construction activities that allegedly helped to cause the collapse.
Highlights from the Supreme Court's 2016–2017 court year, bookended by the appointment of Jorge E. Navarrete as the 27th Court Administrator and Clerk and the first Latino to hold that position; and by the retirement of Associate Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar after 23 years on the court and a 55-year career in public service.
It’s been seven months since Justice Kathryn Werdegar announced her retirement and 40 days since she left the bench, but the Supreme Court is now planning for its third oral argument calendar in a row with a vacancy.
The U.S. Supreme Court is setting aside a request to live stream its oral arguments. The attorney for Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. told members of Congress that live streaming even the audio portion of its oral arguments might impact the outcome.