Announcing SCOCAL: California Supreme Court Resources & Annotations


Last week marked the formal launch of a new Supreme Court of California resource center, SCOCAL ( SCOCAL is a joint project between Justia and our friends at the Robert Crown Law Library at Stanford and Fastcase. There are lots of cool features in the site and, as ever, I encourage all our readers who are interested in California law to spend some time checking it out. Below is a brief summary of what you’ll find when you visit the site.

California Supreme Court Opinions – Browse through the full text of recent opinions by date, name or issue, or search the entire collection, which includes decisions from 1934 to the present. Click on the tabs located at the top of each individual case to access related information and documents.

Annotations – Detailed annotations of selected cases are also available. The annotations are written and edited by students in the Advanced Legal Research class at Stanford.

Briefs & Dockets – Users may also read or download (via PDF or MS Word) briefs from selected cases. Dockets are also available for more current opinions. We encourage anyone who is interested to also submit briefs you would like us to upload to the site.

Supreme Court News– Keep up-to-date with news regarding the Court, including Chief Justice George’s recent decision to resign and the swearing-in of Chief Justice Elect Tani Cantil-Sakauye.

Court Calendar – The SCOCAL homepage displays a court calendar. Hover your cursor over individual days to see the decisions that have come down on that date.

Justice Biographies – A biography of each Justice is provided along with links to his or her recent concurring and dissenting opinions.

RSS Feeds of New Opinions (via the Court Calendar), Annotations, Court News and Recent SCOCAL Tweets – Click on the Subscribe and RSS icons throughout the site to sign up for these feeds.