Calif. Judicial Discipline Commission Seeks To Curb Audit

Law360, Los Angeles (October 25, 2016, 10:04 PM EDT) -- California’s judicial disciplinary commission has asked a San Francisco state judge to curtail a pending audit into the agency’s disciplinary process, arguing the review seeks confidential documents and violates the separation of powers doctrine by attempting to intrude on the commission's “core constitutional functions.”

The Commission on Judicial Performance wants to block California State Auditor Elaine M. Howle from reviewing the methods it uses to determine how to treat a judicial complaint and from evaluating its handling of evidence and the outcomes of a selection of cases, including those that may have resulted in private discipline.

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