The California Supreme Court:

Petition for Review Statistics

The California Supreme Court hears cases from the California Courts of Appeal. However, it is not required to take all cases. Instead, the court chooses those cases that it believes raise significant questions of unsettled law. As the following table shows, the court takes very few cases.

Actions taken on petitions for review - 1996-1997

  Total Granted Granted and held Granted and Transferred Denied
Total 5076 111 76 35 4854
    2.19% 1.50% 0.69% 95.63%
Civil appeals 1327 62 21 1 1243
    4.67% 1.58% 0.08% 93.67%
Civil writs 573 10 1 13 549
    1.75% 0.17% 2.27% 95.81%
Criminal appeals 2786 35 52 10 2689
    1.26% 1.87% 0.36% 96.52%
Criminal writs (excluding habeas) 222 4 2 7 209
    1.80% 0.90% 3.15% 94.14%
Habeas corpus petitions 168 0 0 4 164
    0.00% 0.00% 2.38% 97.62%

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


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