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The California State Bar: Assessment of Proposed Disciplinary Case Processing Standards


The California State Bar: Considerations for a Fee Increase

June 26, 2019 - This report presents our assessment of the State Bar as required by Business and Professions Code Section 6145. Specifically, our analysis focuses on evaluating the portion of the annual licensing fee charged to attorneys that is deposited into the State Bar’s General Fund and the State Bar’s request for a fee increase in 2020.


[PDF] State Bar of California: Analysis of 1988 Legislation to Increase Member Dues

April 1, 1988 - In order to assist the Legislature in its review process, this report analyzes two expenditure plans proposed by the bar in pending legislation. Our analysis examines each expenditure plan separately. The first chapter, which describes the expenditures proposed in conjunction with AB 4391, includes expenditures from the bar's General Fund and six special funds. The second chapter, which details the expenditures proposed in support of SB 1498, focuses on the proposed enhancements to the discipline program. The Appendix identifies the combined support of both proposals on the level of bar members' fees from 1989 through 1991.


Assessing the Provision of Criminal Indigent Defense

September 22, 2022 - This report provides background on the provision of indigent defense in California, discusses existing indigent defense service levels, and makes recommendations to improve the state's oversight of indigent defense.


[PDF] A Review of the State Bar Court

December 19, 1991 - A Review of the State Bar Court


[PDF] Analysis of the 1995-96 Budget Bill, Judiciary and Criminal Justice Chapter

February 22, 1995 - Analysis of the 1995-96 Budget Bill, Judiciary and Criminal Justice Chapter


[PDF] Department of Consumer Affairs

March 10, 2014 - Presented to Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee and Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee


[PDF] Analysis of the 2005-06 Budget Bill, Judiciary and Criminal Justice Chapter

February 24, 2005 - Analysis of the 2005-06 Budget Bill, Judiciary and Criminal Justice Chapter


The 2018-19 Budget: Update on Backlog of Teacher Misconduct Cases

April 30, 2018 - In this post, we provide an overview of how the state reviews teacher misconduct cases, track the backlog of cases, describe the actions the state has taken to reduce the backlog, and assess progress made to date. We encourage the Legislature to continue monitoring progress toward reducing the backlog closely over the coming year.


The 2016-17 Budget: Department Of Consumer Affairs

February 25, 2016 - In this post, we provide recommendations on the following Department of Consumer Affairs budget proposals for 2016-17: (1) Acupuncture Board—Curriculum Review and Licensing and (2) Department of Justice Staffing.


[PDF] Department of Real Estate: Opportunities to Improve Consumer Protection

May 12, 2009 - In this report, we identify a number of deficiencies in the Department of Real Estate’s Licensing and Education Program and their Enforcement and Recovery Program. Our recommendations would tighten existing educational requirements, increase licensee accountability for violations of the real estate law, improve department accountability for program outcomes, and expand consumer access to—as well as oversight of—the Recovery Account. (Short video summary.)


[PDF] Analysis of the 1988 State Bar Association Budget

June 1, 1987 - Our office has prepared the following analysis of the 1988 calendar year budget proposed by the bar in order to facilitate the Legislature's review of legislation establishing the level of fees for bar members for calendar 1988. This analysis focuses on proposed expenditures from the General Fund and the Building Fund because those were the only funds for which the bar provided sufficient budget detail for review.


[PDF] Analysis of the 1994-95 Budget Bill, Judiciary and Criminal Justice Chapter

February 22, 1994 - Analysis of the 1994-95 Budget Bill, Judiciary and Criminal Justice Chapter


[PDF] The 2021-22 Budget: Department of Conservation

February 11, 2021 - This publication provides an overview of the Governor's 2021-22 January budget proposals for the Department of Conservation, including resources for the California Geologic Energy Management Division's regulatory oversight and enforcement, public transparency, and implementation of legislation.


The 2018-19 Budget: Review of Fair Political Practices Commission Budget and Workload

May 7, 2018 -

At the April 5, 2018 hearing of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee Number 4, the committee directed our office to review the Fair Political Practices Commission’s budget and workload. This online analysis is the product of our review.

Updated 5/10/18:

  1. Changes to LAO Assessment to reflect new information regarding FPPC Advice Letter processing time.
  2. Addition of paragraphs (e) and (f) to proposed budget bill language.