Catherine D. Purcell, Presiding Judge, San Francisco
Richard A. Honn, Review Judge, Los Angeles
W. Kearse McGill, Review Judge, Los Angeles
Ronald W. Stovitz, Pro Tem Review Judge, San Francisco
Cynthia Valenzuela, Supervising Hearing Judge, Los Angeles
Manjari Chawla, Hearing Judge, San FranciscoYvette D. Roland, Hearing Judge,
Dennis G. Saab, Hearing Judge, Los Angeles
Phong Wang, Hearing Judge, San Francisco
California is the only state with an independent professional Court dedicated to ruling on attorney discipline cases.
The State Bar Court hears charges filed by the State Bar's Office of Chief Trial Counsel against attorneys whose actions allegedly involve misconduct.
The State Bar Court has the authority to recommend that the California Supreme Court suspend or disbar attorneys found to have committed acts of professional misconduct or to have been convicted of serious crimes.
For lesser offenses, the State Bar Court can issue public or private reprovals.
State Bar Court case dockets are available online. A docket is a summary, list, or index of proceedings or events in a case. It may also include court documents.
The calendar is provided to assist the public and parties in accessing information about cases on the State Bar Court's public calendar. A list of public events with remote access can be found on the State Bar Court's Current Notices webpage.
State Bar Court’s new online system for case dockets and court calendars is now available. No login needed; free of charge.
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The State Bar Court also can temporarily remove lawyers from practice when they are deemed to pose a substantial threat of harm to clients or the public.
Lawyers may seek review of State Bar Court decisions in the California Supreme Court.
The State Bar Court conducts hearings and makes decisions and formal recommendations on disciplinary matters.
Since 1989, the court has used full-time judges appointed by the California Supreme Court, legislature and governor. The court is divided into two departments — a Hearing Department and a Review Department, headed by a presiding judge.
State Bar Court Hearing Judges hear and make recommendations to the Supreme Court about:
The Review Department is the appellate level of the State Bar Court, consisting of the presiding judge and two other review judges. All review judges are appointed by the Supreme Court.
State Bar Court Review Judges: