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recently decided

This area of our site is dedicated to tracking decided issues in both the California and United States Supreme Court for the last 6 months.

The cases in these compendiums cover decided issues of interest to counsel concerning criminal, juvenile, dependency, and mental health law, as well as capturing cases and issues addressing relevant procedures, practices and ethics for lawyers.

We do not summarize death cases with only penalty issues pending, nor death-case specific issues that would not be of interest to appellate appointed counsel for non-death cases, nor death-case opinions with very little helpful analysis to appellate counsel. Attorneys should consult with California Appellate Project - San Francisco (external link) for current death penalty-specific resources.

Cases older than 6 months may be found in the Archived Decisions section.