43 California judges reprimanded in 2014
April 6, 2015
Dozens of reprimands were handed to California judges in 2014 for a wide range of transgressions that include having sex in their chambers and demeaning defendants. [LA Times]
Of the 43 reprimands, two were public reprimands for judges who had sex with women in their chambers, one with his former law students, the other with his court clerk. In another case, while in chambers a judge had his law clerk hear pleas and impose sentences.
In 2014, California’s Commission on Judicial Performance received 1,212 complaints against judges. Of those, the state watchdog agency reprimanded 43 judges. Two other validated cases were closed because the judges left the bench before a reprimand was issued.
Most judicial misconduct is handled by the commission sending the judge a private reprimand. Of the 43 cases of judicial misconduct, only five reprimands were made public.
There are about 1,800 judges in California, and generally fewer than 50 each year receive some form of reprimand. Nevertheless, judicial misconduct may be under reported because few people know how to file a report.