The Assembly on Wednesday approved AB110, which allows judges to charge people for misconduct while acting as their own attorney in civil court cases.
Assemblyman Ira Hansen, R-Sparks, said the bill lets a judge determine whether a litigant is being “vexatious” and trying to delay or frustrate the legal process. He said those people should be charged for reasonable expenses and fees incurred because of their actions in a civil action.
The bill mirrors the requirements imposed on a lawyer appearing in a case if the lawyer pursued a civil action not warranted by the facts or law, imposing those same requirements on parties who aren’t represented by counsel.
But several lawmakers objected including James Ohrenschall, D-Las Vegas, who said he was extremely concerned about holding regular people to the same standards as members of the bar.
“Constituents who cannot…
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