Access to Police Personnel Files

Tuesday, October 22, 2019: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Legislature recently passed Senate Bill 1421, making many types of police personnel files available to anyone through a California Public Records Act request. Learn the current state of the law and how to access police personnel files.

Formerly, such records were only available through specified court procedures like Pitchess motions, which imposed stringent requirements. However, the new law relaxed those requirements, but implementation has been complex and there have been numerous court challenges to the law's scope and validity.

Presented by:
David A. Katz, Managing Attorney, Katz & Associates
Nikhil Damle, Associate, Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley

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