California law allows for the discovery of acts of misconduct on the part of police officers in a criminal prosecution. In order to get information about misconduct from an officer’s personnel file the attorney must file what is called a Pitchess Motion in Court. The procedures for the filing of a motion were recently amended starting in 2020.
Evidence Code 1043-1046 provides that a Pitchess motion (Pitchess v Superior Court (1974) 11 Cal.3d 531), be filed pursuant to certain time constraints. The service of the motion must be made on the law enforcement agency that maintains the records. The new law (AB 1600) amends Evidence Code § 1043 to require written notice in criminal cases to be served on the police agency and filed in Court at least 10 court days before the appointed hearing, all oppositions to be filed with the court at least 5 court days before the hearing, and all replies to be filed at least 2 court days before the hearing. AB 1600 also requires proof of service of the notice to be filed no later than 5 court days before the hearing.
Compliance with the procedures is crucial in order for the motion to be heard by the Court. If the notice is insufficient you can expect the attorney representing the records custodian to object and ask that the hearing not take place.