On Wednesday and Thursday, the court will hear the nine oral arguments on its early-May calendar. Among the cases on tap is the writ petition seeking to prevent the November ballot from including an initiative that would make it more difficult to enact new taxes, a death penalty appeal (or maybe two) with a California Racial Justice Act issue, and a PAGA case.

The arguments will be live streamed. Opinions in the cases should file by August 5, but the tax-initiative opinion — in Legislature v. Weber — is likely to issue before June 27 (see here).

Because of the oral arguments, the court will not be conferencing (also here) this week and there will be a double conference next week.