Cal. Litig. 2020, Volume 33, Number 2

The Puzzle of Precedent in the California Court of Appeal

By Justice Michael J. Raphael

The Honorable Michael J. Raphael is a Justice on the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Two.

The California Court of Appeal may be unique as an appellate court that is formally a single court establishing binding statewide precedent, but which nevertheless sits in regional divisions. That situation presents two puzzles that do not exist elsewhere in the same way.


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