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Judicial Council’s disclosures remain murky

July 11, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The Judicial Council's goal when it revised California Rules of Court, Rule 10.500 concerning the disclosure of judicial administrative records was to provide increased transparency into how state courts spend taxpayer funds to resolve claims of harassment and discrimination. But the responsive records made possible by the amendment provided little insight into the context in which the judges named in the records were alleged to have engaged in misconduct, making it difficult to hold judicial officers accountable, according to some legal observers who have suggested the council left too much room for interpretation of the rule.
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