The Commission on Judicial Performance is one of the most important agencies in the state because it is responsible for protecting the public against judicial misconduct. The public does not trust the agency because it operates in near complete secrecy.
California’s 2,300 judges wield their power and discretion over seven million cases annually. Whether through personal involvement in the courts or the establishment of new case law, judicial decisions impact every Californian. A judge who engages in misconduct or disregards the law poses a risk to public safety.
Given that only 65 public disciplines have arisen from the more than 11,000 complaints received by the CJP over the past ten years, it is no stretch to conclude that the agency may be failing in its duty to protect the public.