Neal Bownds vs. City Of Citrus Heights

Case No.: 34-2012-00126774-CU-PO-GDS    

Tentative Ruling on Plaintiff's Motion for Redress in Pitchess Discovery

Initially, the court must address the question of what is pending in this department on March 20, 2014. The court finds that the pending issue is whether the court will reconsider or grant relief from its order on January 15, 2014, terminating proceedings following a reference from Department 54 concerning any potential effect of a prior criminal Pitchess motion on plaintiff's civil Pitchess motion. The court's January 15 order terminated proceedings because no documents had been received and no relief requested. The court grants relief from the January 15 order, as requested by plaintiff under Code of Civil Procedure section 473. The court finds that the fire that disturbed the offices of plaintiff's counsel warrants such relief.

Having granted relief, the court further finds that the reference from Department 54 to this department was "for further consideration of [this Departme........