In a bold move, Solano County Activists filed a petition to impeach Solano County Superior Court Judge Christine Carringer. Appointed to the bench in January 2013 by Gov. Jerry Brown, Advocates allege that Carringer has ruled in family law cases with extreme bias and disregard for judicial canon.
The violations Carringer is accused of includes:
- Inappropriately modifying court documents after filing.
- Signing orders on behalf of a retired judge (Garry Ichikawa), after the Judge was officially retired and no longer on the bench.
- Inappropriately assuming jurisdiction over cases for which California Courts had no proper governance.
- Routinely disregarding evidence of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse and implying punitive court rulings against female litigants alleging such.
- De-facto ruling on cases for which she was previously disqualified, a gross violation of judicial canons.
- Issuing a gag order against a litigant to quash efforts to spotlight Carringer’s alleged biased rulings.
Additionally, advocates question Carringer’s fitness to rule over family law cases, citing domestic violence rulings against her in her own family court rulings.
Most disturbingly, Solano County was awarded a $300,000 grant from the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, specifically to address the issues of Domestic Violence in Family Court.
Instead, Judges Ichikawa (now retired), Unger (removed from Family Law) and Carringer routinely dismissed claims of domestic violence in family law cases, leading advocates to ask WHERE IS THE MONEY?
Solano County Family Court has been reported to the DOJ and Office of Inspector General for potential misappropriation of funds regarding DOJ/OVW grants.
It bears noting that the administrator of another Solano County Agency, which also received grants from the DOJ/OVW, is currently awaiting trial for misappropriation of funds.
Advocates question if Solano County agencies have a pattern of receiving funds to protect victims of domestic violence and using the funds for another purpose. Advocates are AGAIN asking for a full audit of the Solano County Family Court System, both financially and case rulings.
Documents are available for download at www.solanofamilies.org/impeachment and www.solanofamilies.org/money.
A partial copy of impeachment documents can be obtained at the link below. Exhibits related to domestic violence, dissolution and custody cases have been removed and litigants’ names and case numbers have been redacted.