Dec. 30, 2022 – Box v. Superior Court (4th Dist. Div. 1, D080573)

The Court of Appeal issues a writ of mandate directing the superior court to vacate and reconsider its order denying defendant’s motion to compel postconviction discovery pursuant to PC 1054.9, which was sought to facilitate a Batson/Wheeler challenge. The court reaffirms that the prosecution’s jury selection notes are not categorically shielded from discovery by the absolute work product privilege, although redactions may be appropriate upon an adequate showing by the prosecution that the disclosure would reveal impressions, opinions, or legal research or theories unrelated to jury selection.