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Writs
California Civil Writ Petition

Civil Writ Petitions in California State Courts, Explained

A writ is a type of court order that is used to compel a court, agency, or other entity to do something (or refrain from doing something) when other procedures are not available or adequate…. Continue Reading

Writs
California Writ of Mandate

The Writ of Mandate (Mandamus) in California Courts

The writ of mandate (sometimes called the writ of mandamus) is perhaps the most common type of civil writ in California. It has two basic functions: It can be issued to correct an abuse of… Continue Reading

Procedure
Man Filing Notice of Appeal with Court Clerk

The Notice of Appeal in California Criminal Cases

An appeal is a procedure used to correct legal errors made in court. The appealing party requests that a higher court review the proceedings of a lower court to correct potentially important legal mistakes. A… Continue Reading

Practice
Lawyer Walking Up Steps to Court of Appeal

What is an Appeal? California Law: Explained!

An appeal is a legal proceeding that allows a losing party to challenge mistakes made in a lower court. Generally, those must be legal mistakes, not just factual errors. In an appeal, the party that… Continue Reading

Procedure
The Appellate Record in a California Criminal Case

The Record on Appeal in California Criminal Cases

After a criminal appeal is initiated, a record on appeal must be prepared. A record on appeal (also called an “appellate record”) is a collection of court filings and transcripts that chronicle the trial court… Continue Reading

Habeas Corpus

Habeas Corpus Petitions in California State Courts

A writ of habeas corpus is a court order that people charged with crimes can seek to fix an illegal restriction of their rights by the government. It is often sought by California inmates who… Continue Reading

Practice
Appellate Attorney Pricing Pen and Paper

Pricing

In the legal industry, it’s common for attorneys to hide the ball when it comes to their fees and pricing structure. Most attorneys don’t publish their rates online, they often won’t provide quotes over the… Continue Reading

Briefs
Amicus Briefs in California

Amicus Curiae Briefs in California State Courts

Amicus curiae is a Latin phrase that means “friend of the court.” It refers to a person or group that is not a party to a legal action, but wants their opinion to be heard… Continue Reading

Habeas Corpus
Habeas Petition in California

California Habeas Corpus Lawyer

The writ of habeas corpus is a court order that people seek to challenge an unlawful restriction of their liberties by the government. In California, it is sought primarily by criminal defendants who want to… Continue Reading