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Motion to disclose confidential informant in California criminal case

A motion to disclose a confidential informant in California is the topic of this blog post. The motion to disclose the identity of a confidential informant is made on the grounds that, because the confidential informant was a participant in the crime and an eyewitness to it they are a material witness and therefore can testify regarding defendant’s guilt or innocence.

The motion to disclose the identity of a confidential informant is a very powerful motion in the right situations due to the fact that if disclosure is ordered by the Court and the People do not disclose the identity of the informant the case against the defendant must be dismissed.

The California Supreme Court has stated that a defendant filing this motion must show a reasonable possibility that the informant could give evidence on the issue of guilt that might result in the exoneration of the defendant. They do not need to prove that the informant would give that testimony, but only need to show some evidence of a possibility that the confidential informant is a material witness.

The California Supreme Court has also stated that once a defendant meets their burden and made an adequate showing that the informant may be a material witness on the issue of guilt or innocence, the identity of the informant must be disclosed or the criminal charges against the defendant must be dismissed.

The defendant must demonstrate the witness’s—not the testimony’s—material character. People v. Mejia (1976) 57 Cal.App.3d 574, 580.

Several decisions of the California Courts of Appeal have held that an informant who is an actual participant in the crime alleged or a nonparticipating eyewitness to it will be presumed to be a material witness.

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The author of this blog post, Stan Burman, is an entrepreneur and freelance paralegal who has worked in California and Federal litigation since 1995 and has created over 300 sample legal documents for California and Federal litigation.

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DISCLAIMER:

Please note that the author of this blog post, Stan Burman is NOT an attorney and as such is unable to provide any specific legal advice. The author is NOT engaged in providing any legal, financial, or other professional services, and any information contained in this blog post is NOT intended to constitute legal advice.

The materials and information contained in this blog post have been prepared by Stan Burman for informational purposes only and are not legal advice. Transmission of the information contained in this blog post is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, any business relationship between the author and any readers. Readers should not act upon this information without seeking professional counsel.

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