SAN FRANCISCO — Proposition 32, a ballot measure approved by voters in November that allows the state Supreme Court to choose which issues in a case it will decide, was put into effect by the court Monday.
The measure changes a state constitutional provision that required the court to address all issues in a case, even if it agreed with lower courts on all but one of numerous issues.
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Modeled after procedures used by the U.S. Supreme Court and courts in nearly all other states, Proposition 32 is intended to permit the California court to work more efficiently.
The measure does not apply to death penalty cases, in which the conviction and sentence are appealed directly from the trial court to the Supreme Court, which must address all issues involved.