The California Supreme Court’s 1998-1999 Term: Striking the Balance

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The one word that best characterizes the California Supreme Court's 1998-1999 term is "balanced." The court had a balanced caseload among types of cases and subject matters, and with an increasing number of dissents compared to recent years, there was greater balance in decision-making. This can make it harder for practitioners to predict what the court will do in particular cases (one leading appellate lawyer has commented that this is the least predictable court in years), but that is as it should be. The Supreme Court performs its most useful function by settling the law in close, important cases where there are reasonable arguments on both sides.

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California Bar Journal