Oral arguments for California's statewide redistricting case, Vandermost v. Bowen, will be broadcast live on Tuesday, January 10, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. PST.
Arguments will be broadcast and webcast live on California Channel, a public affairs network. An archived audiocast will be available on California Channel on Wednesday, January 11.
The case, which addresses the district lines that will be used for the California state Senate elections later this year, has been expedited to accommodate the statutory filing deadlines before the 2012 election.
On December 9, 2011, the Supreme Court issued an order to show cause in response to a petition seeking relief under the California Constitution, on the grounds that a referendum measure challenging the Citizens Redistricting Commission's certified state Senate district map is likely to qualify for the November 2012 ballot.
In light of the very short time frame imposed by the impending 2012 electoral cycle, the court sought and obtained expedited briefing, requiring briefing by the parties by December 19, 2011, and briefing by any amicus curiae by December 22, 2011. Briefs on the issues are available here.
For those interested in attending arguments, this special session of the California Supreme Court will be in the Supreme Court Courtroom in the Earl Warren Building, Fourth Floor, 350 McAllister Street, in San Francisco. Overflow seating will be available in the Sequoia Room of the William C. Vickrey Conference Center, Hiram Johnson State Office Building, Third Floor, 455 Golden Gate Avenue, also in San Francisco.
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