Long time readers of this blog know that I have often commented on the fact that courts do not seem to take prosecutorial misconduct too seriously, and do not do enough to discourage it. (Click on the label "prosecutors" on the right hand side panel and scroll down for many posts on the subject).
The statute bolsters a judge's ability to disqualify a prosecutor or an entire prosecuting attorney's office. The law also requires the court to report violations to the state bar, which licenses attorneys.
"The bill seems like a step in the right direction," Alex Kozinski, former chief judge of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, told The Huffington Post. "It seems to give a great deal of discretion to trial judges, so its effectiveness will depend on the degree to which those judges are willing to exercise that authority."
But that's the key. The law itself will be ineffective unless judges are willing to exercise their authority. In fact, I don't think the law changes much, since it does not give judges any more authority than they already had. Yet, if all it does is encourage more judges to take action, then the law is, in fact, a step forward.