Cases the California Supreme Court declines to review may be as important as the court's full-blown rulings, especially to the litigants. But little is known about why the court rejects certain appeals.
The justices vote on which cases to accept in a closed meeting held around a large, imposing table in the chief justice's corner chambers in San Francisco. Their decisions are announced in brief orders, often no more than a paragraph. The orders give the case name and number, without any description, and do not reveal the court's reasoning.
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