Case: Stiavetti v. Ahlin

15-779731 | California state trial court

Filed Date: July 29, 2015

Case Ongoing

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Case Summary

On July 29, 2015, the ACLUs of Northern and Southern California, along with family members of criminal defendants who were declared incompetent to stand trial, filed this lawsuit in California state court. The plaintiffs sued the State of California under Article I, §§ 7 and 15 of the California Constitution, the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and Cal. Code Civ. Pro. §526a. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel and ACLU attorneys sought decla…

On July 29, 2015, the ACLUs of Northern and Southern California, along with family members of criminal defendants who were declared incompetent to stand trial, filed this lawsuit in California state court. The plaintiffs sued the State of California under Article I, §§ 7 and 15 of the California Constitution, the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and Cal. Code Civ. Pro. §526a. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel and ACLU attorneys sought declaratory and injunctive relief, a writ of mandate, and attorneys’ fees and costs. The plaintiffs claimed that the State of California has failed to adequately and timely transfer criminal defendants, who have been found incompetent to stand trial, to appropriate treatment facilities. Specifically, the plaintiffs claimed that some individuals with mental disorders had been waiting for transfer for up to 258 days. The average time between the dates of commitment and admission for the most recent 25 persons admitted California treatment facilities as of February 9, 2015 had been more than 75 days. Plaintiffs alleged that the wait was even longer for those defendants with developmental disabilities. They claimed that as of April 2, 2015, 11 individuals had been waiting for more than nine months following their commitment, two for over a year. Two of the plaintiffs alleged that due to the lack of proper treatment in Sutter County Jail, their father committed suicide, while another claimed that her son was subjected to sexual abuse multiple times by another inmate while awaiting transfer.

On October 1, 2015, the defendants moved to dismiss and filed a demurrer to the plaintiffs’ complaint. Judge Winifred Y. Smith, on April 26, 2016, overruled the demurrer on all four of the plaintiffs’ actions as well as their mandamus claim, but also dismissed the State of California as a defendant. Judge Smith agreed with the defendants that some of the taxpayer allegations should be dismissed, but only in regards to one plaintiff who had no taxpayer allegations in the complaint.

On October 16, 2015, the defendants filed a motion for a stay of the discovery hearing, but Judge Evelio Grillo denied this motion on November 18, 2015.

As of June 7, 2016, this case is open and ongoing.

Summary Authors

Matt Ramirez (6/15/2016)

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People


Judge(s)

Grillo, Evelio (California)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Clayton, Julia A. (California)

Oswell, Laura (California)

Risher , Michael Temple (California)

Sun, Christine Patricia (California)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Harris, Kamala D. (California)

Tillman, Lisa Anne (California)

Judge(s)

Grillo, Evelio (California)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Clayton, Julia A. (California)

Oswell, Laura (California)

Risher , Michael Temple (California)

Sun, Christine Patricia (California)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Harris, Kamala D. (California)

Tillman, Lisa Anne (California)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

15-779731

DOCKET

June 7, 2016

June 7, 2016

Docket

15-779731

Complaint

July 29, 2015

July 29, 2015

Complaint

15-779731

Defendant's Demurrer to Complaint

Oct. 1, 2015

Oct. 1, 2015

Pleading / Motion / Brief

15-779731

Court Order Denying Defendants' Request to Stay Discovery

Nov. 18, 2015

Nov. 18, 2015

Order/Opinion

15-779731

Order Overruling Motion to Strike Complaint

April 26, 2016

April 26, 2016

Order/Opinion

15-779731

Order Overruling Demurrer

April 26, 2016

April 26, 2016

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

Last updated May 11, 2022, 8 p.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

Case Details

State / Territory: California

Case Type(s):

Mental Health (Facility)

Key Dates

Filing Date: July 29, 2015

Case Ongoing: Yes

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Northern and Southern ACLU chapters and family members of criminal defendants who have been found incompetent to stand trial.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Non-profit NON-religious organization

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

ACLU Affiliates (any)

ACLU of Northern California

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

State of California, State

Defendant Type(s):

Hospital/Health Department

Jurisdiction-wide

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

State law

Constitutional Clause(s):

Due Process

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: None Yet / None

Nature of Relief:

None yet

Source of Relief:

None yet

Issues

General:

Conditions of confinement

Placement in mental health facilities

Sexual abuse by residents/inmates

Suicide prevention

Disability:

Mental impairment

Mental Disability:

Developmental disability without intellectual disability

Intellectual/developmental disability, unspecified

Mental Illness, Unspecified

Medical/Mental Health:

Intellectual/Developmental Disability

Mental health care, general

Type of Facility:

Government-run