Sovereign Citizens as Challenging Litigants
Wednesday, Apr 15, 2020
Noon PST | Online Webcast | Tuition: Free
Sovereign citizens believe they get to decide which laws to obey and which to ignore. They do not respect the authority of law enforcement, juries, or judges. Many believe they have no obligation to pay taxes, and they have no responsibility to display vehicle license plates. For judges and court staff, their special sovereign code language is often indecipherable. Many sovereigns believe that if they can find just the right combination of words, punctuation, paper, ink color and timing, they can have anything they want (e.g., freedom from taxes, unlimited wealth, life without licenses, fees or laws, etc.). The weapon of choice for sovereign citizens is paper. A simple traffic violation or pet-licensing case can end up provoking dozens of court filings containing hundreds of pages of pseudo-legal nonsense. Tax cases can be even worse. Sovereign filings in such legal battles can quickly exceed a thousand pages. While a normal criminal case docket might have 60 or 70 entries, many involving sovereigns have as many as 1,200. What can judges do to control these individuals? In this web conference, judges will learn the best methods for responding to these individuals and other difficult litigants.
After attending this webcast, the participants will be able to:
- Describe the history of the Sovereign Citizen movement:
- Identify a sovereign citizen in court: and
- Develop practices to effectively respond to sovereign citizens.