The Pitchess Motion: Obtaining Law Enforcement Personnel Records in Employment Cases – Emily Pincin Authors The Recorder Article

A peace officer’s personnel records are conditionally privileged from discovery. To obtain these personnel records, the party seeking disclosure must file a written motion, colloquially referred to as a “Pitchess” motion in reference to the California Supreme Court’s ruling in Pitchess v. Superior Court. In her article for The Recorder, Associate Emily Pincin provides an overview of the Pitchess motion and how to overcome the good clause requirement for the disclosure of records. She also addresses specific procedural considerations as well as other considerations during written discovery.

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