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Finding that the California Constitution makes no guarantee of a right to direct appeal, the state’s Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Legislature can justifiably limit a litigant’s recourse to seek appellate review via a writ.

The 5-2 decision in Leone v. Medical Board of California , 00 C.D.O.S. 2588, reversed a Second District Court of Appeal opinion and upheld the constitutionality of a 1996 law that makes an extraordinary writ petition the exclusive method for doctors seeking to overturn license revocation decisions.

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