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Judicial discipline body allows more extensive discovery

July 09, 2019 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Previously, the judge and the commission's examiner only sought discovery from each other. Now, parties can also subpoena for documents from up to four non-parties, excluding commission staff.

Opinion: Bar exam oversight requires more than just watching

July 09, 2019 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The State Bar's recent transparency related to the bar exam results is to be applauded. However, rather than supporting the status quo, the data creates a more compelling argument for the Supreme Court to take action to adjust the California minimum passing score from 1440 to the national mean of 1350. Reviewing the recently released bar passing data indicates that there is no question that the data, public policy, and law support this change.

Commentary: Agencies stall on public records access

July 08, 2019 | CALmatters
Agencies that are stonewalling records requests include the California Highway Patrol. Sen. Nancy Skinner, a Berkeley Democrat who authored the new law, told the Times, “If the state agencies themselves are acting like they’re above the law, that’s absolutely the wrong model and the wrong example to set for the rest of the local government agencies up and down the state.”
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