petition for review


How do I file a petition for review?

Article: What Everyone Should Know About Preparing a Petition for Review

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Client Instructions With Sample Petition for Rehearing Petition

Instructions for client (PDF)

Sample Petition for Review

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Tip: Service Copies of Petition for Review Need Not Include Opinion
Although rule 8.504(b)(4) requires the Court of Appeal opinion be attached to a petition for review filed in the Supreme Court if the petition seeks review of the opinion, it is silent as to service copies. (See rule 8.500(e), (f).) The Court of Appeal, of course, already has the opinion; and Attorney General or County Counsel, CCAP, superior court, and counsel for other parties have received it as well. For this reason, service copies do not need to include the opinion.  For paper copies, omitting the opinion saves copying and delivery costs for appointed counsel and saves recipients the cost of storing duplicate opinions.

Sample Grant & Hold Petition

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Sample Exhaustion Petition

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Other Related Articles of Interest


Sample Discussion of Need for Review


Methodology for When to Seek Review in the California Supreme Court in a Criminal Appeal


Flow Chart of Decision-Making Process California Supreme Court


Summary of Major Events in Decision-Making Process of California Supreme Court


Calif. Supreme Court Internal Operating Practices and Procedures – as amended 1/1/07 (external link PDF)