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The Need for Sua Sponte Judicial Review Laws For Pro Se Litigants’ Lawsuits

“This website addresses the problem of meritless, abusive lawsuits filed by self-represented / pro se litigants and calls for legislative action that requires judges to practice sua sponte judicial review of all pro se litigants’ lawsuits.

This website also addresses the problem of religious frauds and various disturbing and harmful tactics that religious frauds use against their victims – including filing meritless, abusive lawsuits.

The matters discussed in this website involve subjects which merit constitutionally protected public scrutiny, and this website provides documentation, commentary and opinion on matters of public concern.”

Paulette Buchanan, M.A.

All States Need to Publish the Names of Abusive Pro Se Litigants

All States Need to Publish the Names of Abusive Pro Se Litigants

Some states – Texas, California, Idaho and Nevada, for example – have enacted laws that have created publicly accessible lists of pro se litigants who have been determined by the courts to be abusive / vexatious and who have pre-filing restrictions or injunctions placed against them in which sua sponte judicial review is required before those litigants can file any additional pro se lawsuits.  These lists are accessible not only to the public but for the court clerks to access.  Once an abusive / vexatious pro se litigant is placed on such a list it is very difficult, if not impossible, for them to obtain permission from a judge to file pro se any additional lawsuits.

Every state should enact laws requiring state-run websites to publish publicly accessible lists of abusive / vexatious litigants that have pre-filing restrictions ordered against them, whether such litigants were pro se or were represented by attorneys.  The federal court system should also be mandated by Congress to publish a website that has state and federal lists of every abusive / vexatious litigant in every state and U.S. territory – again, whether litigants deemed abusive / vexatious filed their lawsuits with or without an attorney.  State and federal court clerks should then be required as part of their duties to confirm whether any plaintiff – pro se or represented by an attorney – is on such a list so as to require the abusive / vexatious litigant to obtain sua sponte judicial approval/review of any intended lawsuits before such lawsuits can be given case numbers and before defendants are notified or served.

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