See all posts re Judge Richard Cline.
If I didn't know better, I'd say that Judge Cline is trying to conceal his own actions as a judge in San Diego North County Superior Court
A petitioner in the David L. Bedolla case received notice from the court that her case records would be destroyed if she didn't request that the probate department turn them over to her. She filed an ex parte request to pick up the documents.
On May 22, 2012 Judge Richard Cline refused to allow her to have the documents, ordering them to be destroyed instead.
Interestingly, Judge Cline has told Courthouse News (see next story) that he no longer uses the court's new IT system to post documents online. Why is Judge Cline so opposed to allowing the public, and even the parties in a case, to have access to case documents?
Perhaps he wants to conceal some of his own orders.
On May 24, 2012, in the case mentioned above, he supported the court clerk's violation of law when she refused to file documents. Judge Cline has made it clear that he wants to help Roland Achtel win his case.
The above events put the following story in perspective: it appears Judge Cline doesn't like the public--or in pro per parties--to have access to court records.
Trial Judges Fire Back After Justice's Email Defending $1.9 Billion IT System for Courts
By MARIA DINZEO
Courthouse News (CN)
February 14, 2011
Trial judges around California are firing back after an appellate justice
sent out an email saying trial court judges "uniformly and
enthusiastically" support a controversial $1.9 billion IT system. The
email was sent just before the release of a blistering state audit that
suggested administrators had hid the true cost of the system and
failed to make sure it was necessary before plunging ahead.
Mounting dissatisfaction with the massive IT project, where the
current version is called CCMS V-3, prompted state administrators to
form a set of "oversight" committees two weeks ago. In the first memo
coming out of those committees, Justice Terence Bruiniers said, "The
judges who actually use CCMS uniformly, and enthusiastically support
That statement brought a rapid rebuttal from judges in San Diego,
where the system has been put in place.
"I dispute the contention that CCMSV3 works,"
wrote San Diego Superior Court Judge Richard Cline
in a response to Bruiniers.
Cline said in an interview that he no longer uses the
system, but did use it during his ten-year tenure as a
probate judge. "It takes many more steps to do the same
job," Cline said, noting that one staff research attorney in
probate had reported that it took 42 steps just to post her
work online through the system...