Media Alert: California Court to Hear Oral Arguments on Chino Valley’s Parental Notification Policy

October 12, 2023

On October 19, Judge Michael Sachs of the Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino, will hear oral arguments on the Attorney General’s application for a preliminary injunction in California v. Chino Valley Unified School District regarding Chino Valley’s parental notification policy.

In these oral arguments, the Liberty Justice Center will defend the Chino Valley Unified School District against the Attorney General’s lawsuit.

WHO: Emily Rae, Senior Counsel at the Liberty Justice Center

WHEN: October 19, 2023, at 10:00 AM PDT

WHERE: Department S1, San Bernardino Justice Center, Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino

HOW: To receive an audio link to the hearing, submit a request for audio streaming at least five days prior to October 19. Requests can be sent to [email protected] and should include the requestor’s name, email address, phone number, and reason for the request, along with the following information:
Case Number – CIV SB 2317301
Party Name – California v. Chino Valley Unified School District
Hearing Date – October 19, 2023
Hearing Time – 10:00 am
Courtroom – S1

Instructions for joining the audio stream are available here: Courtroom Audio Streaming | Superior Court of California (

ISSUE BACKGROUND: On August 28, 2023, California Attorney General Rob Bonta filed a lawsuit attempting to prevent the Chino Valley Unified School District from enforcing its recently implemented parental notification policy. The policy ensures parents receive critical information related to their children’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being by requiring school administrators to inform parents if their children request to be referred to by a name or by pronouns that differ from those on official records or ask to enroll in programs or use facilities that don’t align with their sex at birth.

In a hearing on September 6, Judge Thomas Garza of San Bernardino County granted the Attorney General’s motion for a temporary restraining order until the matter could be considered in full. The Liberty Justice Center stepped in to represent the district on September 11, 2023.

The Liberty Justice Center’s case filings are available here.


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