California Supreme Court In 2015: A Year In Transition

Law360, New York (February 4, 2016, 10:11 AM EST) -- 2015 was a year of transition for the California Supreme Court as two new justices appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown, Justices Mariano-Florentino Cuellar and Leondra R. Kruger, took office in early January. Because the new justices replaced Republican appointees, there has been widespread speculation that the court’s decisions might move in a more liberal direction. One year into the new justices’ tenure, the statistical evidence for any marked shift at the court is decidedly mixed.

For 2015, the court decided 32 civil cases and 44 cases from the criminal, quasi-criminal, juvenile and disciplinary side of the docket. Final judgments made up...

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