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  ( Title 2 enacted by Stats. 1943, Ch. 134. )

DIVISION 5. PERSONNEL [18000 - 22980]

  ( Division 5 added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 123. )

PART 2. STATE CIVIL SERVICE [18500 - 19799]

  ( Part 2 added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 123. )

CHAPTER 9. Actions [19630 - 19635]
  ( Chapter 9 added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 123. )


An action or proceeding shall not be brought by any person having or claiming to have a cause of action or complaint or ground for issuance of any complaint or legal remedy for wrongs or grievances based on or related to any civil service law in this state, unless that action or proceeding is commenced and served within one year after the cause of action or complaint or ground for issuance of any writ or legal remedy first arose. The person shall not be compensated for the time subsequent to the date when the cause or ground arose unless that action or proceeding is filed and served within 90 days after the cause or ground first arose. Any petition for a writ challenging a decision of the board shall be filed within six months of the date of the final decision of the board.

This section shall not be applicable to any action or proceeding for the collection of salary or wage, the amount of which is not disputed by the state agency owing that salary or wage.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 427, Sec. 77. (AB 1062) Effective January 1, 2014.)


The time for filing or commencing any such action or proceeding does not run during any time that the matter involved, including layoff appeals, is before the board pursuant to petition of the person involved, and final action has not been taken thereon by the board.

(Added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 123.)


Process directed to any officer or employee, or the board or its members, in any action or proceeding arising under this part shall be served upon the office of the Chief Counsel of the board.

(Amended by Stats. 1989, Ch. 103, Sec. 15.)


In any proceeding brought pursuant to Section 1094.5 of the Code of Civil Procedure for the purpose of inquiring into the validity of any final administrative order or decision by the board, an award of costs or attorney’s fees or both to the petitioner shall be borne by the real party in interest and shall not be assessed against the board, unless there is no real party in interest. This section may not be construed to authorize an award of attorney’s fees.

(Added by renumbering Section 19632 (as added by Stats. 2000, Ch. 1048) by Stats. 2007, Ch. 130, Sec. 119.5. Effective January 1, 2008.)


No adverse action shall be valid against any state employee for any cause for discipline based on any civil service law of this state, unless notice of the adverse action is served within three years after the cause for discipline, upon which the notice is based, first arose. Adverse action based on fraud, embezzlement, or the falsification of records shall be valid, if notice of the adverse action is served within three years after the discovery of the fraud, embezzlement, or falsification.

(Amended by Stats. 1990, Ch. 478, Sec. 17.)

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