Tuesday, June 26, 2012 – 12:30 p.m.
The California Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division Two, on Tuesday, upheld a superior court ruling dismissing a lawsuit brought by San Bernardino County against the San Bernardino County Public Attorneys Association (SBCPAA).
The underlying dispute, over the issue of Deputy District Attorneys representing Deputy Public Defenders in grievance and disciplinary proceedings, was pressed by Former County Counsel Ruth Stringer and Former Public Defender Doreen Boxer.
SBCPAA argued the county had not exhausted all administrative remedies before pursuing legal action.
The superior and appellate courts agreed.
The county further appealed the reduced award of approximately $55,000 in attorneys’ fees to the union.
Both, the dismissal of the lawsuit, and the fee award, was upheld.
Click here to read the unpublished opinion: