How does the law help prevent abuse of the court system?

On behalf of Zettersten & Hammond PLLC | Jan 10, 2020 | Firm News

In many acrimonious relationships, the court system becomes like a third person in the relationship. Some people use the system to keep filing lawsuits in order to maintain contact. This not only extends the relationship and the potential for abuse but also clogs up the court system with cases that may be frivolous. Tennessee has enacted a law recently to stop this from occurring.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, judges may now block cases between former romantic partners when there is an excessive number of cases between them. The judge can examine the reasoning behind the case to see if it has any legal merit. If not, the judge may then put in place an order that stops the person from filing any similar lawsuits for four to six years.

Many times, people use court cases to stalk victims and maintain a connection. It can cost victims a lot of money defending against these cases even when they have no legal standing. Most states do not have anything in place to stop this practice. However, you now have some relief if a judge sees a pattern of abusing the court system.

This law could be the one thing that helps you to step away from an abuser and move on with your life. It also frees up the court system to help those who really need it. It also sends the message that the court system is not a way to get back at someone and only legally sound matters should result in a court case.

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