Cheryl Miller reported in The Recorder on a public appearance by Associate Justice — and Chief Justice-nominee — Patricia Guerrero.

Justice Guerrero spoke of “a commitment by all members of our court to work toward unanimity when we can.” And the article quotes her as saying that the justices’ attempts to accommodate each other’s views on cases “sometimes . . . results in a narrower opinion.”

Reflecting on her appointment in February as an associate justice, followed by her nomination six months later to be California’s chief justice, Guerrero said, “This whole year has been surreal.”

Guerrero also mentioned that a relative “asked me, ‘What is your title going to be again?’ and I said, ‘La jefe.’ ”


Chief Justice: the court narrows its opinions “because we realize we don’t need to speak so broadly”