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Last updated on 8/10/99

Welcome to Nonpublication.COM. This site serves as resource center for information relating to the issue of nonpublication. Through it, you will be able to access the large collection of literature devoted to the question: "if we allow the practice of nonpublication to continue, are we are surrendering our right to hold the Judicial branch of our government accountable for it’s actions?"

Currently, the California Appellate Court system publishes less than 5% of the decisions it has rendered. That means that over 95% of the decisions made by Appellate Court judges are not held up to public scrutiny. A decision which is "nonpublished" may not be cited as precedent. This is compelling because the very court that renders a decision, does not even have to hold itself accountable to that decision, except in matters relating to the same litigants.

Please click on the links to the left to read what the experts say about the practice of selective publication, and what Ken Schmier has done to address this problem.