Anyone familiar with our court system is familiar with the fact that pro se litigants who sue in Federal court are routinely denied relief no matter how valid their claims, especially in the case of judicial officers who are deemed to have qualified immunity, no matter what the circumstances and if they violate all defined policies and legal standards in their “discretion”.
The Monell standard is based on a Federal case which held that governing bodes are not immune to section 1983 claims. The case stated: “Local governing bodies (and local officials sued in their official capacities) can, therefore, be sued directly under § 1983 for monetary, declaratory, and injunctive relief in those situations where, as here, the action that is alleged to be unconstitutional implements or executes a policy statement, ordinance, regulation, or decision officially adopted or promulgated by those whose edicts or acts may fairly be said to represent official policy. In addition, local governments, like every other § 1983 “person,” may be sued for constitutional deprivations visited pursuant to governmental “custom” even though such custom has not received formal approval through the government’s official decision making channels. Pp. 436 U. S. 690-691.” http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/436/658/case.html
By definition according to governmental code 810 and 811.9 judicial officers are employees of the state, i.e. Government of the State of California.
810. "Employee" includes an officer, judicial officer as defined in Section 327 of the Elections Code, employee, or servant, whether or not compensated, but does not include an independent contractor.
811.9. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, judges, subordinate judicial officers, and court executive officers of the superior courts are state officers for purposes of Part 1
Basically folks by definition state officials can be sued if they violate all legal standards and defined policies codified in the legislature, merely to teach a litigant a lesson or sanction litigants with their children or don’t abide by the official policy of this State to PRESERVE a parent-child relationship.
According to the Monell standard immunity does not apply.