The annual review by Merrill Balassone is out for the Supreme Court’s 2021–2022 term.

The review reports the court filed only 49 opinions from September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022, a very low number. (See: “What’s ailing the California Supreme Court? Its productivity has plummeted.”) There were 55 opinions last term. (See here.)

The review also talks about the “historic” selections of Patricia Guerrero in 2022, her appointment to be the first Latina Supreme Court justice and, after Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye announced her retirement, the Governor’s nomination of Guerrero to be California’s next chief justice.

Additionally, the review notes the death of former Justice John Arguelles and it lists 10 opinions as high-profile cases: Serova v. Sony Music Entertainment (see here), Sheen v. Wells Fargo Bank (see here), Guardianship of Saul H. (see here), County of Butte v. Department of Water Resources (see here), Lawson v. PPG Architectural Finishes, Inc. (see here), People v. Superior Court (Jones) (see here), Conservatorship of Eric B. (see here), People v. Renteria (see here), People v. Strong (see here), and In re Mohammad (see here).