The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court denied the Petition for Review, seeking to address the vexatious litigant application in CA family law cases. https://viewsandnewsriversidesuperiourcourt.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/review-proceeding-seeks-to-address-the-unequal-merit-standards-of-appealswrits-and-that-the-vexatious-litigant-statute-cannot-be-applied-in-ca-family-law-cases/
Pursuant to California rules of court 8.500 the Supreme Court MAY order a review of a Court of Appeal decision. This is precisely what the Court of Appeal is banking on, as some justices view the Court of Appeal as an “exhilarating puck designation. https://viewsandnewsriversidesuperiourcourt.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/cat-and-mouse-game-of-the-court-of-appeal-supreme-court-exhilarating-puck-2/
For any litigant at the mercy of a Court of Appeal and their outrageous behavior that violates any title eight rule, it is a Russian roulette game as to whether the CA Supreme Court will hold the Court of Appeal accountable. It does not matter as a matter of LAW if you present a case of first impression that raises an important question of law that has relevance to thousands of similarly affected parents and litigants. An order granting review must be signed by four Supreme Court Justices, an order denying a review may be signed by the Chief Justice. Those rules are defined in title eight rules 8.512 http://www.courts.ca.gov/cms/rules/index.cfm?title=eight&linkid=rule8_512
What this boils down to is that there is no accountability in this State as the Court of Appeal has a free license to do what they want. A CA Supreme Court petition for review decision is reviewable by the United States Supreme Court with a Writ of Certiorari, within ninety days from denial.