April 27, 2006
Case Law Development: Abuse of Process Sanctions in Domestic Relations Actions
The Florida Court of Appeals upholds a sanction against an attorney for abuse of process in which he is prevented from filing any further future pleadings, petitions, motions, documents or other filings in any way related to his domestic disputes unless signed by another member in good standing of the Florida Bar. Since 2002, the attorney had submitted numerous meritless filings in the state court, all related to or emanating out of his 1994 dissolution of marriage proceedings. The most recent filing, which resulted in the sanction order, was one in which the attorney sought to challenge the Judicial Qualifications Commission's decision not to pursue formal charges against several judges about whom he had filed complaints in relation to his ongoing child custody and child support disputes with his ex-wife.
Sibley v. Florida Judicial Qualifications Comm'n, 2006 Fla. LEXIS 667 (April 27, 2006)
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