Opinions First - Argument Afterwards

52 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2013 Last revised: 4 Jun 2014

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Daniel J. Bussel

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

Date Written: December 5, 2013


For twenty-five years, the California Supreme Court has operated under a bizarre internal operating procedure that requires majority opinions to be written and agreed to prior to oral argument. This procedure squanders and demeans the parties’ formal opportunity for appellate argument, is inconsistent with traditional common law appellate process, and violates the state and federal Constitutions.

Keywords: California Supreme Court, judicial opinions, judicial procedure, constitutional law, appellate process

Suggested Citation

Bussel, Daniel J., Opinions First - Argument Afterwards (December 5, 2013). 61 UCLA Law Review 1194 (2014); UCLA School of Law Research Paper No. 13-40. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2364110

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