The Riverside Superior Court has completely re-structured itself for reasons largely unknown to the general public. All civil cases for example were moved to Palm Springs. One would assume that with the re-structuring and new judges that the law would prevail and be applied. Alas that is not the case. A tentative decision in a civil case was very specific in its due process violations involving attorneys.
In INC 1205453 Dobbins v. Dobbins the court announced a tentative decision to sanction the attorneys for filing a motion to compel further responses to special interrogatories. The reason cited was lack of justification for filing the motion, i.e. “Court finds that this motion was filed without substantial justification, and imposes sanctions against the moving party in the amount of $750.00 payable to defense within 20 days. Prevailing party to give notice.”
Both parties in that case are represented by attorneys which requires that notice and opportunity to be heard be provided before allocating sanctions to satisfy the legislative mandatory due process requirements. The relevant appeal cases have already addresses that issue: