Salas Holds Oversight Hearing on Judicial Misconduct

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Assemblymember Salas addresses committee

Weakness in Commission’s Oversight has Created Opportunities for Judicial Misconduct

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Salas, Chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC), Senator

Hannah-Beth Jackson (D- Santa Barbara), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay), Chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, held an oversight hearing to discuss the findings and recommendations identified by the California State Auditor in an audit report released in April regarding weaknesses at the Commission on Judicial Performance.

The Commission on Judicial Performance (CJP) investigates complaints about judicial misconduct and decides if disciplinary action must be enacted.

“This audit report clearly identifies changes that are needed at the CJP to improve its processes for investigating allegations of misconduct,” said Assemblymember Salas.  “Oversight and accountability are critical to ensuring that the public is protected and standards for proper judicial conduct are enforced.  As the Chair of JLAC, I will work to restore the integrity the public demands of judicial conduct and review.”

At the hearing, members of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, Assembly Judiciary Committee, and Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony from the State Auditor, Elaine Howle, from Gregory Dresser, Director and Chief Counsel at Commission on Judicial Performance, Bridget Gramme of the Center for Public Interest Law and Paul Bacigalupo from the California Judges Association.

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Assemblymember Salas represents part of the City of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Hanford, Corcoran, Delano, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco, and the communities of Armona, Avenal, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.