Centennial Celebration

2005 marked the centennial celebration of the California Courts of Appeal. In 1905 the first nine justices were appointed to serve in three appellate districts: San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento. Today, the state Courts of Appeal comprise 105 justices in six districts, which now include San Diego, Fresno, and San Jose, as well as court sites in Ventura, Riverside, and Santa Ana.

As California's intermediate courts of review, the Courts of Appeal provide access to justice by ensuring that the law is interpreted and applied consistently and uniformly.

Appellate Court 100 Year Celebration

From left to right: James A. Ardaiz, Fifth District (Fresno); Arthur G. Scotland, Third District (Sacramento); William R. McGuiness, First District (San Francisco); Chief Justice George; Roger W. Boren, Second District (Los Angeles); Judith D. McConnell, Fourth District (San Diego); and Conrad L. Rushing, Sixth District (San Jose). (Photo: Michael J. Elderman)

Centennial Materials:

Centennial Celebration Keynote Speech (April 10, 2005) California Courts of Appeal 100th Anniversary Celebration Dinner, Keynote Remarks by ABA President Robert Grey

"Striving for Justice: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" Centennial Booklet (11.6 MB)

"Striving for Justice: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" Historical Snapshot (1.7 MB)

Special Court Session Addresses (presented on April 11, 2005)