10 proposed rule changes submitted to California judge oversight agency.

California's Commission on Judicial Performance has their biennial Rules review meeting coming up. We submitted ten proposed changes to their rules.

Our proposed changes:

  1. Eliminate confidentiality of complaints.
  2. Public reporting of complaint data by judge and county.
  3. File Orders of Dismissal.
  4. Eliminate private disciplines. Three levels of discipline only: Public Admonishment, Public Censure, and Removal.
  5. Live broadcast of public disciplines.
  6. Judicial retaliation aggravating factor, may be separately disciplined even if initial complaint dismissed.
  7. Permanently maintain all complaints and investigative records.
  8. Description and establishment of specific criteria for “Preliminary Check”
  9. Definition and establishment of specific criteria for “Staff Inquiry” or “Preliminary Inquiry”
  10. Definition and establishment of specific criteria for“Preliminary Investigation”