May 26, 2022 – Young v. Superior Court (1st Dist., Div. 4, A162850)

In a writ proceeding, the Court of Appeal reverses the trial court’s denial of defendant’s request for discovery under the Racial Justice Act (PC 745(d)). The court explains that “good cause” for discovery under the Act is established where the defendant “advance[s] a plausible factual foundation, based on specific facts, that a violation of the … Act could or might have occurred,” and where disclosure is warranted under the seven pretrial-discovery factors articulated in City of Alhambra v. Superior Court (1988) 205 Cal.App.3d 1118.