Jan. 19, 2023 – In re D.P. (Supreme Ct., S267429)

The Supreme Court agrees with the Court of Appeal that father’s appeal is moot, as stigma alone is not enough to avoid mootness, and father did not provide a tangible legal or practical consequence that would be remedied by a favorable decision on appeal. The Supreme Court concludes, however, that the Court of Appeal erred in determining it did not have discretion to consider a moot appeal. The Supreme Court reverses the Court of Appeal’s judgment dismissing the appeal and remands with directions to reconsider father’s argument that discretionary review is warranted.