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 Stuart
Last Name Scott
Title Judge
Inquiry No. N/A
Court Level Superior Court
County/Appellate District Santa Clara
Discipline/Determination Public admonishment
Decision By Commission
Date of Decision 02/17/2016
Method of Resolution Decision
Types of Misconduct Ex parte communications
Petition For Review
Summary Judge Scott knowingly engaged in improper ex parte communication with a deputy district attorney about a case that was pending sentencing before him.