California Supreme Court decides when an order is final

Generally, a party to a lawsuit may appeal an adverse ruling only after the trial court renders a final judgment. The following case involved the application of that general rule after a trial court granted a petition for a writ of administrative mandamus and remanded the matter (i.e., sent it back) for proceedings before an administrative body. The issuance of the writ didn't definitively resolve the dispute between the parties, but it did mark the end of the writ before the trial court. Accordingly, the California Supreme Court held that the order was an appealable final judgment.

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