Mar. 7, 2023 – People v. Edwards (3rd Dist., C094784)

In three separate cases, defendants filed habeas petitions after DSH failed to timely admit them for competency treatment, and the trial court issued sanctions of $1,000 under CCP 177.5 for each day past specific deadlines that defendants were not admitted, for a total of $91,000. The Court of Appeal rejects DSH’s argument that the sanctions were unwarranted because it had “good cause or substantial justification” for failing to timely admit defendants. The court finds, however, that the trial court failed in other ways to make sufficient findings to support the sanctions and remands for further proceedings.