A story in today’s San Francisco Recorder, “Appeal Courts Publishing More, Barely,” by Mike McKee, gauges the effects of a new court rule designed to encourage opinion publication by the California Court of Appeal and includes these statistics:
. . . Of 11,581 opinions filed by the state’s appellate districts between April 1, 2007, and March 31, 2008, only 1,151– 9.9 percent of the total – were ordered published, according to figures given to The Recorder by California’s reporter of decisions, who oversees the editing and publication of Supreme Court and appellate opinions in the state’s official reports.
By comparison, a year earlier, between April 1, 2006, and March 31, 2007, when the old rules were in play, only 999 – or 9 percent – of 11,067 rulings were published, according to the court’s records.
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The biggest increase occurred in San Francisco’s First District Court of Appeal, which, according to The Recorder’s count, went from 127 published opinions in 2006-07 to 162 a year later, for an increase of 27.5 percent.