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This article is now current through October 6, 2019
We will be updating it soon – usually every 1-2 weeks.

Meanwhile, be sure to check the California Supreme Court Docket by visiting its official web page. The Court has also made available both Published and Unpublished Opinions granted review (external links).

 

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Appeals
Forfeiture of Claim Based on Change in the Law Updated: 7/17/2019
Areas of Constitutional Law
Confrontation Right - Computer Monitor Blocked Defendant's View of Witness Updated: 9/11/2019
Areas of Constitutional Law
IAC for Failure to Investigate and Appellate Review of IAC Claim Updated: 8/22/2018
Areas of Constitutional Law
Bail and the Ability to Pay Updated: 5/23/2018
Areas of Constitutional Law
Denial of Bail Updated: 5/23/2018
Areas of Constitutional Law
Constitutional Right to Privacy and Psychotherapist Requirement to Report Clients Who Watch Child Pornography Updated: 5/10/2017
Civil Commitments
Appellate Review Conservatorship Proceedings Updated: 5/1/2019
Crimes
Murder--SB 1437 Application to Second Degree Murder Under NPC, Retroactivity and Instructional Error Updated: 9/11/2019
Crimes
Prop. 64--Criminal Status of Possession of Marijuana in Prison Updated: 8/21/2019
Crimes
Natural and Probable Consequences Doctrine--Attempted Premeditated Murder Updated: 3/13/2019
Crimes
Accessory After the Fact for Refusing to Testify Updated: 7/11/2018
Delinquency
Challenge to Juvenile Court's Failure to Expressly Declare Offense a Felony or Misdemeanor Updated: 12/19/2018
Dependency (300)
Beneficial Parental Relationship Exception to Adoption Updated: 7/24/2019
Evidence
Hearsay--Use of Drug Database to Identify Drugs Updated: 9/12/2018
Evidence
Prop. 47--Determining Value of Access Card Information Updated: 6/13/2018
Evidence
Sufficiency of Evidence to Support Robbery-Murder Special Circumstance Updated: 4/10/2018
Evidence
Exclusion of Recorded Confidential Communications Updated: 7/26/2017
Evidence
Discovery Updated: 10/22/2012
Extraordinary Remedies
Writ of Mandate--Invalid Conviction Under PC 186.22, subd. (a) Updated: 8/21/2019
Habeas Corpus
Request to Answer Question of State Law--Habeas Deadlines Updated: 5/25/2015
Jury Trial
Batson/Wheeler--Discovery of Prosecutor's Jury Selection Notes Updated: 7/24/2019
Jury Trial
Whether Eye Witness Identification Instruction (CALCRIM No. 315) Violates Defendant's Due Process Rights Updated: 6/19/2019
Misconduct
Prosecutorial Misconduct--Improper Vouching for Correctional Officers Updated: 11/28/2018
Pleadings
Dismissal Under 1203.4a--Consider Immigration Custody Updated: 7/10/2019
Pleadings
Trial Court Permission to Consolidate Pleadings Updated: 1/30/2019
Pleadings
Prop. 47--Charging Both Shoplifting and Theft Updated: 11/28/2018
Pleas
CPC Requirement to Challenge Negotiated Plea Based on Change in Law Updated: 9/25/2019
Pleas
Appeal Waiver as Part of Plea to Stipulated Sentence Precluding Challenge Based on Change in Law Updated: 6/19/2019
Pretrial Motions
Retroactivity of Mental Health Pretrial Diversion Program Updated: 9/25/2019
Pretrial Motions
Pretrial Discovery in Criminal Case--Facebook Updated: 7/10/2019
Pretrial Motions
Bail Conditions on Felony Defendants Updated: 4/25/2018
Probation & Parole
Prop. 57--CDCR Excluding Sex Offenders From Early Parole Consideration Updated: 8/28/2019
Probation & Parole
Electronics Search Condition--Adult Updated: 8/15/2019
Probation & Parole
Denial Parole--Continued Confinement Constitutionally Disproportionate Updated: 7/31/2019
Probation & Parole
Probation--Finality of Judgment for Purposes of Applying Change in Law Updated: 5/22/2019
Probation & Parole
Standard in Youth Offender Parole Hearings Updated: 1/16/2019
Probation & Parole
Probation Condition -- Residence Updated: 11/5/2012
Search and Seizure
Search of Vehicle for ID Updated: 1/25/2017
Sentencing
Prop 47--Identity Theft Updated: 9/11/2019
Sentencing
Prop. 47--Reclassifying Receiving a Stolen Vehicle (PC 496d) Updated: 7/10/2019
Sentencing
Imposition of PC 12022.53(e) Enhancements Not Pleaded Updated: 3/13/2019
Sentencing
Prop. 47--"Some Connection or Relationship" Test for Forgery and Identity Theft Updated: 3/13/2019
Sentencing
Prop. 47 -- Taking a Vehicle Updated: 8/15/2018

 

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