Michael Kahn, chairman of the state’s Commission on Judicial Performance, said in a prepared statement that an “independent examiner” will be engaged to probe allegations that Director Victoria Henley had an undisclosed conflict of interest with a judge being investigated by the agency.

“As an independent state agency that handles complaints about California’s judicial officers for judicial misconduct or wrongdoing,” Kahn said, “we have a responsibility to uphold the highest standards in our investigation and deliberation of judicial misconduct.