California Supreme Court Watch

Oct 24, 2022
Needham v. Superior Court, S276395.

#22-281 Needham v. Superior Court, S276395. (G060670; 82 Cal.App.5th 114; Orange County Superior Court; M-16870.) Petition for review after the Court of Appeal granted a petition for writ of mandate. This case presents the following issue: Does the Sexually Violent Predator Act (Welf. & Inst. Code, ยง 6600 et seq.) allow the People to retain a private expert to testify at trial as to whether a defendant is a sexually violent predator, or are the expert witnesses limited to those designated by the State Department of State Hospitals (Welf. & Inst. Code, ยงยง 6601 & 6603)?

Petition for review granted: 10/26/2022

Case fully briefed: 4/04/2023

Cause argued and submitted: 4/03/2024

See the Court of Appeal Opinion.

See the Petition for Review.

See the Oral Argument.