California Supreme Court: Staking Out New Ground

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In last year’s review of the California Supreme Court, I described the 2003-04 term as a “relatively tame year” for the court. Not so this year, where we saw major decisions dealing with initiatives, sexual harassment, rights of domestic partners, right to jury and arbitration, punitive damages and separation of powers. Quite a healthy list of topics for one year.

There is so much to write about this year that space limitations require splitting this report into two parts. Here is the first installment. Look for the conclusion in next month’s issue.

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California Bar Journal