The San Francisco Superior Court finally set an August hearing date in the CJP’s case against California State Auditor Elaine Howle.
In August 2016, the California Legislature approved a first-ever audit of the CJP. As the sole oversight agency of California’s judiciary, the CJP plays a critical role in maintaining the integrity of the courts and promoting a fair justice system. Such an important agency should not operate in secret, and should not withhold important information from the public. In an attempt to block the audit, the CJP filed a lawsuit against California State Auditor Elaine Howle in October 2016.
This is an unprecedented court battle over access to records between the California Legislature and Californa’s judicial oversight agency.
Related Documents (PDFS)
- 7/12/17 State Auditor’s Response Brief
- 6/29/17 CJP Opening Brief
- 6/13/17 Stipulation and Order regarding briefing schedule and page limits
- 10/20/16 CJP Lawsuit Against California State Auditor
- October 25, 2016: San Diego Union Tribune, California judicial watchdog agency sues over state audit
- October 24, 2016: The Recorder, Judicial Discipline Commission Sues to Restrict State Audit
- September 16, 2016: Marin Independent Journal, Marin Voice: There are sound reasons for audit of judicial commission
- September 13, 2016: ProPublica, Call in Congress for Family Court Reform