Sacramento appellate justice forced to retire. Commission says he delayed 200 court decisions

The presiding justice of the California appeals court in Sacramento has retired as part of a punishment announced Wednesday for delays in deciding 200 cases over a decade that cost litigants money and some criminal defendants their freedom.

Justice Vance Raye agreed to step down from the Third District Court of Appeal as part of a public admonishment for excessive delays that lasted years in some cases, the Commission on Judicial Performance said. “Justice Raye engaged in a pattern of delay in deciding a significant number of appellate cases over a lengthy period,” the commission said.

“He failed to encourage and adopt reasonable procedures to ensure that priority and older cases were decided first.” While there was a high volume of cases in the court, the commission said that alone couldn’t explain the delays because not all justices had similar backlogs.


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