Supreme Court of California Decisions

The California Supreme Court consists of seven justices, including a Chief Justice and six Associate Justices. The Court has the authority to review decisions in the California Courts of Appeal, decisions by the Public Utilities Commission, and any cases that result in a death sentence. In general, the California Supreme Court will review cases that involve issues that have statewide significance. It may review a matter in part or in its entirety.

The Court also oversees matters related to misconduct within the legal profession. It reviews recommendations by the Commission on Judicial Performance and the California State Bar on disciplining a judge or attorney. It has issued a California Code of Judicial Conduct, which consists of six canons, to guide judges in the state.

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Browse Opinions From the Supreme Court of California

Recent Decisions From the Supreme Court of California
Make UC a Good Neighbor v. The Regents of the University of California  
Date: June 6, 2024
Docket Number: S279242

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court of California reviewed a case involving the University of California, Berkeley's (UC Berkeley) plan to build a housing project on a site called People's Park. The plaintiffs, Make UC a Good Neighbor and…

P. v. Burgos  
Date: June 3, 2024
Docket Number: S274743

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2021, the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill 333, known as the STEP Forward Act of 2021. This bill amended Penal Code section 186.22, imposing new requirements relating to gang enhancements and the criminal…

Prang v. Los Angeles County Assessment Appeals Board  
Date: May 30, 2024
Docket Number: S266590

Justia Opinion Summary: A dispute arose over whether a transfer of property from a family corporation to a trust constituted a "change in ownership" under California's Proposition 13, which would trigger a reassessment of the property's value…

Wheeler v. Appellate Division of Superior Court  
Date: May 30, 2024
Docket Number: S272850

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2019, Emily Wheeler, a property owner, was charged with various violations of the Los Angeles Municipal Code related to unlicensed cannabis activity on her property. Wheeler, who was 85 years old and had no criminal…

Another Planet Entertainment, LLC v. Vigilant Insurance Co.  
Date: May 23, 2024
Docket Number: S277893

Justia Opinion Summary: In the case before the Supreme Court of California, Another Planet Entertainment, LLC, a live entertainment venue operator, sued its insurer, Vigilant Insurance Company, for denying its claim for coverage of…

P. v. Carter  
Date: May 20, 2024
Docket Number: S278262

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, Ishmael Michael Carter was committed to Coalinga State Hospital pending trial on a petition to commit him as a sexually violent predator (SVP) under the Sexually Violent Predator Act. After waiting for trial for…

Naranjo v. Spectrum Security Services, Inc.  
Date: May 6, 2024
Docket Number: S279397

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Gustavo Naranjo and other plaintiffs who worked as guards for Spectrum Security Services, Inc. The plaintiffs alleged that Spectrum violated state regulations governing meal breaks by not providing…

P. v. Flores  
Date: May 2, 2024
Docket Number: S267522

Justia Opinion Summary: In May 2019, police officers detained Marlon Flores in a Los Angeles neighborhood known for narcotics and gang activity. The officers observed Flores standing alone near a parked car, ducking behind it as they…

People v. McDavid
Date: April 29, 2024
Docket Number: S275940
People v. McDavid  
Date: April 29, 2024
Docket Number: S275940A

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Weldon K. McDavid, Jr., who was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder and attempted premeditated murder. McDavid, a shooting instructor, had a romantic relationship with Diana Lovejoy, who was going…

P. v. Reynoza  
Date: April 22, 2024
Docket Number: S273797

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court of California was asked to interpret a witness dissuasion statute, Penal Code section 136.1, subdivision (b)(2), in a case involving defendant Raymond Gregory Reynoza. Reynoza was found guilty of…

Ruelas v. County of Alameda
Date: April 22, 2024
Docket Number: S277120
Ruelas v. County of Alameda  
Date: April 22, 2024
Docket Number: S277120A

Justia Opinion Summary: A group of non-convicted individuals detained at the Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County, California, filed a lawsuit against the county and a private contractor, Aramark Correctional Services, LLC. The detainees were…

Harrod v. Country Oaks Partners, LLC  
Date: March 28, 2024
Docket Number: S276545

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court of California considered whether a health care agent, who had signed two contracts with a skilled nursing facility on behalf of a principal, had the authority to sign an optional, separate arbitration…

Huerta v. CSI Electrical Contractors  
Date: March 25, 2024
Docket Number: S275431

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves a wage dispute between an employee and his employer. The employee, George Huerta, filed a class action against his employer, CSI Electrical Contractors, seeking payment for unpaid hours worked. The…

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