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California's Judicial Branch

California’s court system is made up of the Supreme, appellate, and superior courts. The California court system serves as a check against legislative and executive powers by making sure those branches do not create laws that are in conflict with the state constitution. The judiciary is responsible for seeing that laws are justly and equitably applied in all matters brought before the courts. The Supreme Court is headquartered in San Francisco, however it holds sessions regularly in Sacramento and Los Angeles.

As the final interpreter of the laws of the State of California, its decisions may only be reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court where it is determined that the California law conflicts with the U.S. Constitution.


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