The California Courts of Appeal

Statistics on Case Results

Reversals are rare. As the following table shows, the Courts of Appeal affirm, either in full or with modification to the judgment, most of the time.

Fiscal Year % Affirmed Total % Affirmed in Full % Affirmed with Modification % Reversed % Dismissed
Total appeals
1994–95 88 72 16 10 1
1995–96 88 73 15 11 2
1996–97 88 70 18 10 2
Civil appeals
1994–95 75 65 10 22 3
1995–96 76 65 11 21 3
1996–97 76 66 10 21 3
Criminal appeals by defendants
1994–95 96 76 20 3 1
1995–96 96 78 18 3 1
1996–97 95 71 24 4 1
Criminal appeals by prosecution
1994–95 30 25 5 66 4
1995–96 41 23 17 54 5
1996–97 49 31 18 46 6
Juvenile appeals (criminal violation)
1994–95 95 78 17 4 1
1995–96 96 81 15 4 0
1996–97 95 81 14 5 0
Other juvenile appeals
1994–95 90 84 6 7 4
1995–96 89 84 4 7 4
1996–97 84 79 5 7 9

Source: Judicial Council of California, Administrative Office of the Courts


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