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Commission on Judicial Performance v. Howle

Commission on Judicial Performance v. Howle

On December 19, 2017 the San Francisco Superior Court granted a complete victory to the firm’s client, the Commission on Judicial Performance, in its suit to stop Elaine Howle, the California State Auditor, for accessing its confidential records during the audit. The Court recognized the longstanding confidentiality provided to complaints and investigations to the Commission, and the Commission’s constitutional power to determine which records of such complaints and investigations are confidential. The Court’s decision is here. The State Auditor’s office has stated that it will appeal the decision.

This high profile dispute received substantial press coverage:

Complaints Against California Judges Can Remain Secret


http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Judge-says-state-records-of-judicial-12445049.php
https://www.law.com/therecorder/sites/therecorder/2017/12/20/state-auditor-cant-pry-open-judicial-commissions-records-sf-judge/?slreturn=20171120151653
https://www.dailyjournal.com/articles/345372