February 14, 2011

Additional pro tems announced for March calendar

When the Supreme Court last week announced its March oral argument calendar, the first with the vacancy that will be created by Justice Carlos Moreno’s impending retirement, pro tem justices had been appointed to sit on only four of the seven cases to be heard. The court today posted an amended calendar showing pro tem justices for all seven cases.

Interestingly, one of the temporary justices — Justice Richard Aronson of the Fourth District, Division Three in Santa Ana — served as a pro tem Supreme Court justice less than two months ago when the entire Supreme Court recused itself from hearing the state-buildings-sale case. We thought that, under the court’s internal operating practices and procedures, Justice Aronson wouldn’t be called on again until all other qualified Court of Appeal justices had been tapped in alphabetical order.

One Response to “Additional pro tems announced for March calendar”

  1. There does seem to be a mess-up. Additionally, it could be that the court should have appointed different justices in the state buildings case — from the fact that the current order includes Willhite, Wiseman, and Woods, perhaps it was the turn of justices nearer to the end of the alphabet to serve in the building case.

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