Cal Law Trends and Developments

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Civil Procedure


In 1965 the legislature amended Code of Civil Procedure section 657, which concerns the procedure for granting a new trial. In Mercer v. Perez and Treber v. Superior Court the supreme court interpreted the new provisions and attempted to clarify them. Subsequently, a number of related cases were decided in the courts of appeal. Together these cases involve important changes in the practice regarding new trials.