On Monday, March 28, 2016 a California budget committee took a bold stand and delayed funding for California Judicial Performance after hearing heartfelt stories from countless Californians who described years of judicial abuse and that complaints about corrupt and unfit judges had gone virtually ignored based on mismanagement of CJP by Victoria Henley. Ms. Henley and other CJP cronies appear to have suppressed and delayed investigations of their fellow judges and bench officers, allowing problematic judges to be unleashed on California litigants for two decades.
California Judicial Performance is a self-policing agency, funded with tax dollars, similar to the California State Bar, which investigates their own members. California's state auditor has repeatedly reported State Bar management and investigations are ineffective and fraught with fraud.
Thousands of family and criminal law litigants are banning together to bring greater transparency to what they deem is a broken and corrupt system, that fails to uphold any sort of public trust.
The San Francisco Chronicle and other media groups picked up on coverage of the story, which exploded at the State Legislature based on a report published by Court Reform, LLC.
Several citizens from Santa Clara testified on Monday in Sacramento, and on the heels of that testimony funding to CJP from the state of California was halted .
Meanwhile, Santa Clara County continues the slow fight to address corruption at a local level as Valerie Houghton , family lawyer and "custody expert", indicted by Santa Clara County DA, Jeff Rosen, is set for hearing on April 14, 2016.
Santa Clara Family court whistleblowers continue leaking documents that give more than an appearance that lawyers and judges in Santa Clara County may be guilty of Racketeering and other RICO violations as alleged before the legislators in yesterday's hearing.
One memo leaked relates to Brad Baugh and Heather Allan. The memo shows how the entitlement and self-help these lawyers have been allowed to employ under judges like Mary Ann Grill for decades, constitutes theft , fraud and flagrant violations of due process for the County's most voiceless citizens.
By looking at the micro issues of individual cases, Santa Clara County Family Court Corruption is more widely exposed. It clearly is too great for self regulation or administrative agencies that are member managed , such as CJP or the State Bar.
See memo where family lawyer uses self-help to the last of an indigent mother's separate property to pay his own fat fees.
An average divorce, by state mandate is required to be disposed in 18 months. CJP is taking 22 months to investigate bad family law judges , the State Bar boasts 540 days to investigate crooked lawyers and the California Board of Accountancy claims 880 days to investigate crooked CPAs, who will have run off with fortunes long before complaints arising from divorce cases are resolved.
California is not protecting consumers or litigants and certainly has done little to instill public trust in the state's judicial system.