Rejection of plaintiffs' petition challenging a county trial court's procedures as unconstitutional is affirmed where the summary denial of a prison inmate's ex parte application for the issuance of a writ of habeas corpus or a writ of mandate is a subordinate judicial duty that a commissioner may perform pursuant to section 259, subdivision (a) of the Code of Civil Procedure, without violating the Constitution, because it is not the "trial" of a "cause."
Filed November 20, 2009
Opinion by Judge Scotland
For Appellant: Jon A. Nakanishi
For Appellee: Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Attorney General, Julie L. Garland, Senior Assistant Attorney General, Jessica N. Blonien, Supervising Deputy Attorney General, Heather M. Heckler and Christopher J. Rench, Deputy Attorneys General,