Public Decisions Database

This database contains decisions on all public judicial disciplinary cases since the inception of the commission in 1960. Cases not involving public charges or public discipline remain confidential under the California Constitution and the commission’s rules.

Pursuant to amendments to the Constitution, which took effect in March 1995, the commission is authorized to impose all disciplinary sanctions, subject to discretionary review by the Supreme Court. Prior to that, the Supreme Court had the authority to censure or remove judges from office upon recommendation by the commission.

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First Name Vincent P.
Last Name DiFiglia
Title Judge
Inquiry No.
Court Level Superior Court
County/Appellate District San Diego
Discipline/Determination Public admonishment
Decision By Commission
Date of Decision 01/09/2007
Method of Resolution Decision
Types of Misconduct Disqualification/disclosure/post-disqualification conduct
Miscellaneous off-bench conduct
Petition For Review
Summary Judge DiFiglia failed to disclose on the record information about his relationship with an attorney appearing before him. The judge previously had been disciplined for non-disclosure on the record of his relationship with the same attorney and his partner and the judge's acceptance of golf tournament fees from them. At the time of the commission's decision, the judge had retired from office.