The Civil Justice Association of California is the only
organization that systematically reviews every appellate case
filed in the California Supreme Court and the state’s six courts
With approximately 15,000 appeals filed annually, this initially
requires screening 1,200 briefs a month. On the average, eight
percent of these involve liability and civil procedure issues of
interest to CJAC. A third of these are of sufficient importance
to be brought before CJAC’s Appellate Committee.
Briefs filed by the Civil Justice Association of California have
helped produce important decisions with significant cost savings
to businesses of all sizes in a broad variety of areas:
Evidence and Junk Science
Joint and Several Liability
Product and Warning Liability
Unfair Competition Law
In addition to filing amicus briefs, CJAC regularly files letter
briefs requesting that the courts grant or deny hearings or
publish or de-publish opinions.
The Appellate Program is supervised by a 23-member Appellate
Committee. The committee meets monthly to determine which cases
merit CJAC’s participation as an amicus curiae.
In recent weeks, CJAC has notched three major wins in the
California Supreme Court, as well as being referenced in one of
the opinions. Congratulations to CJAC’s general counsel, Fred
Hiestand, our appellate expert extraordinaire!