Southern California Appellate News

Blog Authors

Latest from Southern California Appellate News

SCOTUS has released its October Term 2021 Guide For Counsel in cases to be argued. Bloomberg Law reports U.S. Supreme Court Adopts Hybrid Argument Format for New Term: “The justices decided on a hybrid model for their return to in-person arguments this fall—with 30 minutes of open questioning followed by an opportunity for each to query advocates individually in turn.” Law360’s article is Supreme Court To Debut Mixed Argument Format This Term: The Supreme…
The Second District’s Appellate Self-Help Clinic has re-opened: Welcome Back! In-person consultations are now available at the Appellate Self-Help Clinic: Public Counsel’s Appellate Self-Help Clinic has reopened to the public to provide general legal information and procedural assistance to people who are representing themselves in appeals pending in the Second District Court of Appeal and the Appellate Division of any Superior Court within the Second District. The Appellate Self-Help Clinic is open most Wednesdays from…
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUITCOVID-19 UPDATE(As of 9/13/2021)This is an update on the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Court operations for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit: Oral Arguments Arguments continue to be conducted as scheduled, with all judges and counsel appearing remotely by video or telephone. We expect fully remote hearings to continue at least through December 2021. Panels will continue to exercise…
Law.com reports SCOTUS Will Hold In-Person Arguments This Fall With Limited Public Access The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday announced that the justices will return to the courtroom for oral arguments in its October, November and December sessions, but access will be limited only to the justices, essential courtroom personnel, lawyers who are scheduled to argue and journalists with full-time, Supreme Court-issued press credentials. Although the court building remains closed to the public, the justices…
VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE—The Commission on Judicial Appointments will hold virtual public hearings on Aug. 30 beginning at 10 a.m. to consider the following nominations by Governor Gavin Newsom: Justice Alison M. Tucher, as Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division 3 (San Francisco) Justice Teri L. Jackson, as Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division 5 (San Francisco) Judge Cynthia C. Lie, as Associate Justice of the Court of…
The pandemic may have provided younger lawyers with more opportunities to argue appeals. See Law.com’s These Associates Are Leading Oral Arguments as Remote Proceedings Continue — The COVID-19 pandemic may have helped give associates more opportunities to present oral arguments, with the associated travel costs eliminated when proceedings moved online. Here’s a nice first line from 4/1: “This case underscores the old maxim that it is best not to mix friendship and business.” In other amusing…
See  Report: Remote Proceedings Increased Access for Court Users During Pandemic A new report from a pandemic workgroup found strong support for maintaining extensive remote access to court proceedings. Remote options increase efficiency, safety, and participation: Remote appearances are efficient for many parts of criminal and civil cases, such as arraignments, pretrial conferences, and progress report hearings. They reduced failure to appear rates in many courts, and courts also saw efficiencies in work for staff and less…
Over the past few weeks, many appellate courts around the nation announced the resumption of in-person arguments. But now many are backtracking. The NLJ’s latest story on this is 4th Circuit to Suspend Upcoming In-Person Arguments in September — The announcement comes as other federal courts update reopening plans amid the increased spread of the delta variant of COVID-19. Also, from CLA’s Litigation Section: The August 2021 issue of Litigation Update is now online! Today’s…
The NLJ has How the COVID-19 Pandemic Impacted Circuit Court Caseloads, noting that the 3d and 1st Circuits saw the biggest drops in appeals filed by during the pandemic (by 27.2% and 16.7%). PJ Gilbert’s Under Submission DJ column this month is What’s in a title? Who cares? The DJ’s Moskovitz on Appeal has On trial court briefs: the judges speak, about what judges like and don’t like–and how much they dislike invective and…