Laws and Regulations in California

The California Law is comprised with twenty nine codes which integrates several areas, State Statutes and the State Constitution. The State Statute of California is an official written law which is ordained by the Legislative Power of the State and is sanctioned by the highest administrative of the California Government. All of the California codes are as following:

  • Business and Professions Code
  • Civil Code
  • Revenue and Taxation Code
  • Code of Civil Procedure
  • Commercial Code
  • Education Code
  • Corporations Code
  • Navigation Code
  • Elections Code
  • Food and Agricultural Code
  • Evidence Code
  • Family Code
  • Penal Code

  • Financial Code
  • Fish and Game Code
  • Military and Veterans Code
  • Government Code
  • Harbors and Navigation Code
  • Health and Safety Code
  • Insurance Code
  • Labor Code
  • Probate Code
  • Public Contract Code
  • Public Resources Code
  • Public Utilities Code
  • Streets and Highways Code
  • Unemployment Insurance Code
  • Vehicle Code
  • Water Code
  • Welfare and Institutions Code

Attorney General of California
The California Attorney General gets elected for a term of four years in the same state election that selects the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Controller, and Secretary of State, Treasurer, Superintendent of Public Instruction and Insurance Commissioner. But the office of the California Attorney General was extended to two terms by the voters in 1990 along with the other state offices.

Representing the citizens of California in criminal and civil trial cases in front of Appellate and the supreme courts in California as well as in United States is another major duty of the California Attorney General. It is the Attorney general in California who acts as the legal advice of the officers of the state of California, the agencies of the state, the state boards and the commissions with some exceptions.

In the matters of judicial organization the California Attorney General provides his assistance to district attorneys, local legal bodies and the criminal justice agencies of the federation and the world. Some significant duties of the California Attorney General include assisting in criminal investigations, coordinating enforcement of narcotics in the state, providing services in forensic, identification and information sections and aiding telecommunication department.

Protection of the public of California along with safeguarding the environment and state natural resources are the other functions of the Attorney General. Edmund G. Brown Jr. is serving as the present Attorney General of California.

Superior Court of California
Operating at the lowest level of the three levels of California Judicial set up, the Superior courts of California are the courts that function as the house of justice in the counties of California. The superior court of California is equivalent to the local court which is the first court of appeal in California. There are a total of 58 superior courts in the state of California with one in every county of California. A Superior court of California hears various kinds of cases which include criminal, civil, family, probate as well as juvenile cases. Criminal offenses result in imprisonment or death penalty. Civil cases comprise civil altercations where the damage is above $25000, business conflicts and forfeiture of land. Family cases involve divorce, legal separations etc. Minors charged of drug abuse or crimes fall under juvenile cases.

California superior courts deal with legal matters based on a few principles. These consist of fairness, integrity, accessibility, and responsibility. The Superior courts treat all citizens of California equally and ensure that every person in California has judicial access and that justice is provided to all. Each county has a number of court rooms under the Superior court of that county.

The superior courts of California have a presiding judge who is elected by the other judges and whose main functions are appointment of judges of the court, assigning of posts and monitoring their operations. Besides the presiding judge are the Assistant Presiding Judge who helps the presiding judge, the judge who hears and decides cases, commissioners, referee, temporary judge and committees. The committees made up the judicial administrative system which shape court policies and controls the finances required by the courts.

The superior courts include the Superior court of Los Angeles, Santa Clara, San Diego, Orange, Riverside etc.