Supreme Court of California Decisions 2021

People v. Esquivel  
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: S262551

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeal concluding that Defendant's case was final because Defendant could have appealed his sentence when it was imposed, holding that when a defendant is placed on...

People v. Lemcke  
Date: May 27, 2021
Docket Number: S250108

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of assault and robbery, holding that there was no constitutional violation in the trial court's providing the jury with an instruction model...

In re Caden C.  
Date: May 27, 2021
Docket Number: S255839

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeal reversing the judgment of the trial court that Mother had established one of a series of enumerated exceptions to avoid termination of parental rights, holdi...

People v. Scully  
Date: May 24, 2021
Docket Number: S062259

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions for the first-degree murder and robbery of a deputy sheriff and his sentence of death, holding that Defendant's claims of error lacked merit. Specifically, the Supreme...

P. v. Wilson
Date: May 3, 2021
Docket Number: S087533M
People v. Nieves  
Date: May 3, 2021
Docket Number: S092410

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of the first degree murder of her four daughters and the attempted murder of her son but reversed her death sentence, holding that judicial misconduct during the penalty...

Stancil v. Superior Court  
Date: May 3, 2021
Docket Number: S253783

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that a motion to quash service of summons is not the proper remedy to test whether a complaint states a cause of action for unlawful detainer. Landlord, the City of Redwood City, filed a complaint...

People v. Vivar  
Date: May 3, 2021
Docket Number: S260270

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeal affirming the trial court's denial of Defendant's motion to vacate his 2002 conviction under Cal. Pen. Code 1473.7, holding that Defendant demonstrated a rea...

People v. Steskal  
Date: April 29, 2021
Docket Number: S122611

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of first degree murder and verdict of death, holding that there was no prejudicial error in the proceedings below and that Defendant was not entitled to reversal of his c...

In re E.F.  
Date: April 19, 2021
Docket Number: S260839

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeal affirming the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) in this juvenile case, holding that where the prosecutor has not given advance notice and has n...

P. v. Ramirez
Date: April 15, 2021
Docket Number: S155160M
People v. Wilson  
Date: April 12, 2021
Docket Number: S087533

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of the murders of four young men during the robbery of a car wash and his sentence of death, holding that there was no merit to any of Defendant's claims. Specifically,...

In re A.R.  
Date: April 5, 2021
Docket Number: S260928

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that when the court-appointed attorneys of parents in termination proceedings have failed to timely file a notice of appeal of an order terminating parental rights, parents whose rights have been t...

Brown v. USA Taekwondo  
Date: April 1, 2021
Docket Number: S259216

Justia Opinion Summary: In this negligence action, the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeal affirming the trial court's decision to dismiss one of several named defendants, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), for f...

Smith v. LoanMe, Inc.  
Date: April 1, 2021
Docket Number: S260391

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeal concluding that Cal. Penal Code 632.7 applies only to nonparties and does not forbid a party to a phone call transmitted to or from a cellular or cordless te...

Kaanaana v. Barrett Business Services, Inc.  
Date: March 29, 2021
Docket Number: S253458

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeal reversing the trial court's ruling granting Defendant's motion to strike Plaintiffs' prevailing wage allegations, holding that Plaintiffs' belt sorting quali...

In re Humphrey  
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: S247278

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeal concluding that Petitioner was entitled to a new bail hearing, holding that the common practice of conditioning freedom solely on whether an arrestee can aff...

Villanueva v. Fidelity National Title Co.  
Date: March 18, 2021
Docket Number: S252035

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeal reversing the judgment of the trial court granting a class injunctive relief, holding that Insurer was not entitled to immunity under the Insurance Code and...

Donohue v. AMN Services, LLC  
Date: February 25, 2021
Docket Number: S253677

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court decided two questions of law related to meal periods for employees and, in light of its holdings, reversed the judgment of the court of appeals. Plaintiff filed a class action lawsuit against Defendant...

O.G. v. Superior Court  
Date: February 25, 2021
Docket Number: S259011

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court upheld Senate Bill 1391 as a permissible amendment to Proposition 57 and reversed the judgment in the case, holding that the Legislature acted within its authority. Proposition 57, which was passed in...

People v. Chhoun  
Date: February 11, 2021
Docket Number: S084996

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for five counts of murder, one count of residential burglary, and three counts of residential robbery with enhancements for personal use of a firearm and Defendant's deat...

People v. Johnsen  
Date: February 1, 2021
Docket Number: S040704

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of first degree murder, attempted murder, and other offenses, and sentencing Defendant to death, holding that any errors that occurred durin...

People v. Baker  
Date: February 1, 2021
Docket Number: S170280

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of first degree murder and sentence of death, holding that any errors, found or assumed, were not prejudicial. Specifically, the Supreme Court held (1) at the guilt phas...

People v. Ramirez  
Date: January 28, 2021
Docket Number: S155160

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of first degree murder and sentence of death, holding that there was no prejudicial error in the trial proceedings. Defendant was convicted of the first degree murder of...

P. v. Ramirez
Date: January 28, 2021
Docket Number: S155160A
In re Palmer  
Date: January 28, 2021
Docket Number: S256149

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeal concluding that William Palmer was entitled to release from all forms of custody, including parole supervision, holding that to the extent Palmer's continued...

Vasquez v. Jan-Pro Franchising International, Inc.  
Date: January 14, 2021
Docket Number: S258191

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court responded to a question posed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by answering that the Court's decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court, 4 Cal.5th 903 (2018),...

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