‘Take a Writ’: Extraordinary Writs in the California Court of Appeal

2017-01-01 Published Article
Association of Business Trial Lawyers ABTL Report, Vol. XIX No. 3

It’s an unenviable position, finding yourself on the wrong side of a trial court ruling that will dictate the future course of the litigation, but which is not directly appealable. Your only option may be the legal equivalent of the “Hail Mary”: the extraordinary writ petition. When used judiciously and in good faith, a writ petition can be extraordinarily effective in preserving your client’s resources and reducing the impact of erroneous interlocutory rulings.