The California State Archives (SCA) collection contains records from all six appellate courts: San Francisco, Los Angeles
and Sacramento (created by election on November 8, 1904), Riverside/San Bernardino (Statutes 1929, c. 691), Fresno (Statutes
1961, c. 845) and most recently, San Jose (Statutes 1981, c. 959). The records consist primarily of appellate case files and
registers of action.
The Courts of Appeal were established by constitutional amendment in 1904 (Article VI, SCA 2). They are California's intermediate
courts of review and have jurisdiction when superior courts have jurisdiction and in certain other cases prescribed by statute.
They exercise mandatory review of any appealable order or judgment from a superior court, except in cases in which the death
penalty is imposed, over which the Supreme Court exercises original mandatory jurisdiction. (Cal. Const., Art. VI, section
11) There is no constitutional right to an appeal and the Legislature has the power to determine and change the matters which
are appealable. (Powers v. City of Richmond (1995) 10 Cal.4th 85, 108)
735 bound volumes
19,937.5 cubic feet
For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the California State Archives. Permission for reproduction or publication
is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility
for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives
While the majority of the records are open for research, any access restrictions are noted in the record series descriptions.