California Supreme Court Watch

May 16, 2017
#17-143 Mathews v. Harris, S240156. (B265990; 7 Cal.App.5th 334; Los Angeles County Superior Court; BC573135.)

#17-143 Mathews v. Harris, S240156. (B265990; 7 Cal.App.5th 334; Los Angeles County Superior Court; BC573135.) Petition for review after the Court of Appeal affirmed the judgment in a civil action. This case includes the following issues: (1) Does a psychotherapy patient have a constitutional right of privacy in seeking psychotherapeutic treatment, even if the treatment entails a communication with a psychotherapist that refers to conduct constituting a crime? (2) Does the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (Pen. Code, § 11164 et seq.) violate a patient’s rights under the California Constitution by compelling disclosure of communications demonstrating “sexual exploitation,” which includes, among other things, downloading, streaming, and accessing through any electronic or digital media a depiction of a child engaged in an act of obscene sexual conduct?

Review granted: 5/10/2017

See California Court of Appeal opinion