More on Sanctions: The View from the Bench


Following up the recent posts on this blog regarding sanctions, The Locality Strikes Back: Sanctions (Part 1) and The Locality Strikes Back: Sanctions (Part 2), it is still tough to get a court to order sanctions for many reasons.

As reported by the Virginia Lawyers Weekly, the Richmond Bench Bar Conference addressed the issue of sanctions yesterday.

A panel consisting of Richmond Circuit Court Judge Beverly Snukals and Richmond General District Court Judge Barbara Gaden and U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis W. Dohnal (named by Virginia Lawyers Weekly as Virginia’s top “Leader in the Law” later that day) discussed sanctions.

Among the reasons the judges cited for not imposing sanctions, the article reported, were failure to “meet and confer” under Rule 4:1(g), a “gotcha” aspect to some motions, existence of a competing motion for sanctions and the court’s understandable desire to get to the substance.

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