Yesterday, we surveyed where the California Supreme Court’s certified question appeals arose.  Today, we turn to a different question: what areas of law do the Court’s certified questions arise in?

We report the first third of the data in Table 258.  The Court decided one case in employment law in 2000 and one each in 2011, 2014, 2016 and 2017.  The Court decided one constitutional law case in 2000 and 2001, two in 2002 and one in 2013.  The Court decided two insurance law cases in 2001, one in 2005 and 2006 and one each in 2009 and 2010.

The Court decided one commercial law case by certified question in 2002 and 2009.  The Court decided one tort law case in each of the following years: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014.  The Court decided one government law case by certified question in 2003, 2010 and 2013.  The Court decided one civil procedure case by certified question in 2004.

The Court decided one consumer law case by certified question in 2010.  The Court decided one case in public pensions and one in election law in 2011.  The Court has heard one certified question in wills and estates law in 2017.

Join us back here next Thursday as we continue our analysis of the Court’s certified question doctrine.

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