Just after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita slammed into the southern U.S. I wrote a piece on a matter which had confronted the Louisiana Supreme Court: could it move and sit in a location other than New Orleans? Some state statutes do appear to restrict where the state’s appellate courts may sit, right down to which building, but California was not among them.
That may change if AB 2501 is adopted. The bill requires all state agencies have their primary administrative office on Sacramento “to the extent practicable”.
The Supreme Court, however, “shall only hear cases in the Sacramento metropolitan area” (defined as “the greater metropolitan Sacramento area, including the City of Sacramento, the County of Sacramento, and the eastern part of Yolo County”).
Even if enacted the bill gives the Supreme Court until 2025 to make the necessary adjustments.
AB 2501 is currently in the Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee.
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