April 12, 2017 12 p.m. PST | Online Webcast

*This webcast was only available live. No recording will be posted.

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 this webcast, the participants will be able to:

  • Identify a sovereign citizen in court;
  • Describe the history of the Sovereign Citizen movement; and
  • Develop practices to effectively respond to sovereign citizens and other difficult litigants.

Distinguished faculty

Using interactive teaching methods to make the subject come alive, this webcast is being presented by Hon. Louis Schiff, Broward County Court, Florida.