New Lawyer’s Toolkit Cases on Missing Findings & E-Filing Mishaps


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What happens when the court fails to make required findings? Probably not, because the California Supreme Court says you still have to demonstrate prejudice. But in this episode of the California Appellate Law Podcast, Jeff Lewis and Tim Kowal talk about how, in certain kinds of cases, the prejudice analysis may give a very light touch, and so your chances of reversal are much higher.

Some recent cases suggest the courts may be pointing in different directions in appeals involving missing findings.

Jeff and Tim also cover some other recent cases that you may want to have in your toolkit:

  • Failing to request a statement of decision changed the outcome of the appeal in Marriage of Burger.
  • Missing findings in a domestic-violence custody case led to reversal in Hutchins v. Hutchins, even though the omission really was not prejudicial.
  • Untimely Appeals May Be Excused If There Was a Mishap with E-Filing, held Garg v. Garg.
  • A Dismissed Appeal Is Not “On the Merits” If the Dismissal Was for Mootness, held Parkford Owners for a Better Community v. Windeshausen.
  • Does the Memo of Costs form have a fatal error by omitting the “penalty of perjury” language? Yes, says a dissenting justice in Srabian v. Triangle Truck Center.

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