Developments and Practice Notes

California's Curious Practice of "Pocket Review"

Author
  • Steven B. Katz

Abstract

The majority of any California appellate panel is permitted to certify an opinion for publication that establishes new law or modifies existing rules. The California Supreme court can reverse any publication decision without giving any reason. This practice is called "pocket review." Pocket reviews risk thwarting legislative intent and sweeping the results under the rug.

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Published on
01 Apr 2001