California's State Legislature defined a vexatious litigant as a person who burdens the state's legal system , and crated law, 391-391.7 to address the issue. The result is a list the state keeps to track individuals who go crazy filing lawsuits.
The law defines a vexatious litigant as a person who litigates issues, sues multiple parties (including judges and lawyers) within a 7 year period and whom the state deems responsible for burdening our legal system.
But what about judges and lawyers who do the same, only worse, and who do so while directly profiting and benefiting from the ongoing and dysfunctional litigation they create ? Nope no list .
Lawyers have litigation privilege, and as such are allowed to essentially commit perjury, for the sake of argument.
Judges have absolute immunity from civil liability, and most law is written giving judges broad discretion, which is never something that can be taken easily up on appeal.
California's State Bar and Commission on Judicial Performance both have acknowledged years of failing to protect the public by ignoring the misconduct judges and lawyers impose on California's legal system. Are judges and lawyers free to abuse their position, and get off with moral immunity as well?
A group of family law litigants thinks not. The group is comprised of passionate members from the private sector, the public, and investigative reporters, all working to expose deep and systemic abuses in California's family courts and as was done in Pennsylvania in the Kids for Cash Scandal, or in Orange County California with the Traffic Court Scandal. In both, years of complaints from the public and media were ignored , and only when widely exposed in the media did Supreme Courts in the respective states respond. The judge in the Kids for Cash Scandal was just convicted and sent up for 28 years !
Is Santa Clara Family Court California's Next Legal Corruption Scandal?
Court corruption harms the public when it exists shrouded in secrecy. Bribes, backroom deals and financial misconduct thrive when nobody is watching. Jane and John Q Public has formed to stop the secrecy and is focusing on judges , lawyers and specific counties with the gross violations that need to be investigated.
A number of passionate activists, and private businesses recently rallied the State Legislature and brought forth a report, privately funded by Court Reform, LLC, that got the State Legislature to halt funding to California's Commission that oversees judges.
California's own State Auditor has recommended blowing up and perhaps dismantling the State Bar, so that lawyers are overseen they way doctors are overseen with regard to licensing and complaints.
To better address the wider issues, Jane and John Q Public has been focusing on Santa Clara County Family Courts , where a team of investigative reporters have uncovered a disturbing pattern involving family court judges , specifically Mary Ann Grilli. who has been presiding over family law cases in the county for over twenty years. Complaints made to the State Bar , and Commission on Judicial performance are being tracked and reviewed for what the statistics don't say.
Systemic abuse imposed by Judge Grilli involves tolerating misconduct of lawyers who regularly appear before her, mismanagement of court reporters, court clerks and other court staff . Most importantly citizens forced to address the emotional issues related to their income, their property and their children are drawing attention to more than an appearance that Mary Ann Grilli is incapable of giving any appearance of being fair when one party in a divorce case is self represented, which 80% of family law litigants assigned to her court are. Bias toward 80% of the class of people compelled to appear before Mary Ann Grilli where the county has a monopoly is unacceptable. It is Machiavellian and far from the democratic principles are required of an American justice system.
Mary Ann Grilli's support orders are written in violation of law, and she awards unjust and outrageous fee awards to a select group of lawyers and custody experts, that dwarf what was found in Orange County's traffic court scandal. Mary Ann Grilli's record shows she is manufacturing poverty , which she imposes on our most voiceless and helpless citizens, and which includes hundreds of thousands of children she has impacted over her tenure.
Is Santa Clara County fixing divorce and probate cases like Orange County fixed traffic cases?
As seen with family law judges, the Commission on Judicial Performance has admitted it ignored complaints over traffic judges for years . Only when the media broke the story and the US Attorney General got involved, was action taken. Now those cases are being over turned and immunity granted to our poorest citizens. The cost will be footed by the State of California. It would have been cheaper to fix the crooked judges than the entire system.
California's Supreme Court issued a statement and only appeared " concerned" when the story broke and the US Attorney General was on California's ass, not when hundreds of complaints were made about the same issues. Suddenly, years later the Commission issued a formal statement and became "concerned" .
So if years of crooked traffic court fines and fees were unjust and unlawful, what will happen to California if Santa Clara County reveals the same has occurred in family court cases where fines and fees total in the billons and where our children were harmed by negligent judges? Should these judges have moral immunity and be allowed to slip off into retirement, or should they be held responsible for the moral consequences of their actions?
Judge Grilli has been assisted in her conduct each time the county failed to supervise her, each time a court clerk or court reporter covered up her incompetence and each time a lawyer or officer of the court saw what Grilli would and could do to children, and was silent or was awarded fees. Staffers who remained silent as lawyers slipped into Grilli's chambers, when rumors of sexual affairs and early stage dementia circled around the courthouse like a Midwest spring tornado, are as guilty as Judge Grilli in destroying public trust in the judicial system.
Jane and John Q Public are committed to gaining legislative support for vexatious judges and lawyers. The state can no longer ignore that the self- policing bodies that police our judges and lawyers are ineffective, dysfunctional and corrupt. The state can no longer ignore family law as the " step child " of our legal system. when so many citizens are harmed if such segment is corrupt.
To advance the message Jane and John has joined with other groups across California to plan Super bowl protests, launch petitions, marches and rallies on political bodies, court watch, review court files and support litigants currently being decimated by the corrupt system. Now a social media campaign is being launched to declare bad judges and lawyers vexatious. The group is spread throughout You Tube, Facebook and Twitter and collects information in a WikiLeaks type fashion.
A vexatious lawyer and judge list is forming, and will be widely published. The employers, voters, family members and peers of bad judges will see these lists, and even if never granted legal authority, the lists will have moral authority to protect the public interest in our legal system.
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4/10/2016 01:14:42 pm
We need to bankrupt there corrupt judges, lawyers, mediators, referees and clerks in order to pay back the abused! Hit 'em where it hurts for bragging in legal publucations that "this is how we put our kids through college"! Truly disgusting and disheartening.
1/1/2017 03:58:44 pm
Santa Cruz county family court judge Heather D. Morse + others need to be added to this list along with CPS (child predator services).
1/9/2017 12:32:15 pm
VL Statistics: 1994-2009 five citizens declared vexatious by FC in Santa Clara, between 2010-2016 twelve citizens declared vexatious by FC in SC Co. Total declared vexatious by county in this period: 36. ONE THIRD of all VL orders in SC Co are coming from family court, far outstripping any other county in the state. How many were denied representation under FC 2030? VL=no access to any CA court without permission never granted by a presiding judgel Lifelong infringement of civil right to petition government.
7/30/2016 04:43:40 pm
Thank you: to Judge Margaret Johnson for accepting a settlement I rejected that violates FC 4065 and the rules of a trust fund, to law in motion judges for denying FC 2030 fee motions with a finding that such an award was appropriate, to Commissioner Schroeder for banning discovery on my part 'as there are no facts to discover' but joke is on you as respondent later admitting hiding income and assets, to attorney Joan Pfeifer for getting away with accusing me of a crime and offering silence in exchange for a settlement as extortion is a crime itself, to retired Judge Leslie Nichols for ignoring evidence, ignoring stare decisis and declaring a void order 'valid' and for saving us time by deciding pre hearing to declare me vexatious if I pursued my right under CCP 473d to challenge a void order, of special note, thanks to Justice Elia for characterizing a lawful motion to increase CS back to guideline as 'can she keep coming back for more' and 'look, he has money, let's get some of it'. Special thanks to the Honorable Vanessa Zecher for her email to me advising all of us that most of the family court judges in SC Co. are 'ill-tempered, ill-prepared, or just plan ill'. Thank you one and all.
Tuolumne County is know for cults (Satanic warship- they use/kill the best people to human sacerfice (by torturing them w/ sound v2k harassment, framing people so meth addict's can have their kids & use meth & etc and never lose their kids? The system also lies in reports (arrest/etc) if your ex or neighbor is giving sex in return to have you charged w/ crime over a probation violation/ unpaid traffic fines/failed drug programs/3 Strike's -- use victim's either framing & having charged w/ the charge 3 rd striker is facing & or sex crimes victim is sexual assualted charges dropped so 3 rd striker doesn't go to prison and victim ends up used in the system as a scapegoat? The 3 women killed in Yosemite was planned out by probation/parole violator's they all got together & framed Cary Stayner.. the harassed him making him think he had voices in his head which is reason why he did only kill JODIE ARMSTRONG.. because women's voice used on him traumatized him to where he couldn't stand it & wanted to stop her by trying to cut her head off hated hearing women's voice continual which was a probation violator in favor of the 6 women involved in this case, ALL BECAUSE SO THEY COULD HAVE THEIR KIDS & USE DRUGS & HAVE CHARGES DISMISSED THAT THEY WERE FACING.
8/28/2016 12:15:33 pm
Yes, it's scary out there, the lenghts they'll go to. My X was a methhead, a so-called drug counselor for Butte county and in the Bay Area. He was friends with the sheriff of our town so was never jailed for extreme violence against women. He was the grandson of a former Northern California mayor, heir-intent to a small fortune. He also loved his creepy rituals in the forest and he used them on our toddler, telling her her mommy was a witch knowing she was scared. I have to get sever restraining orders on people involved. Now two of the involved people that were related to him work in the "behavioral health" department of Butte county, Imagine that. His first wife who actually had her children taken away from the county works for that agency where she can easily scrub the record and they still to this day stalk my 28 year old daughter.
8/28/2016 02:04:32 pm
Yes, it's scary out there, the lenghts they'll go to. My X was a methhead post d i v o r c e, a so-called drug counselor for Butte county and in the Bay Area. He was friends with the sheriff of our town so was never jailed for extreme violence against women. He was the grandson of a former Northern California mayor, heir-intent to a small fortune. He also loved his creepy rituals in the forest and he used them on our toddler, telling her her mommy was a witch knowing she was scared. I have to get several restraining orders on people involved. Now two of the involved people that were related to him work in the "behavioral health" department of Butte county, Imagine that. His first wife who actually had her children taken away from the county works for that agency where she can easily scrub the record and they still to this day stalk my 28 year old daughter.
11/21/2016 11:17:20 am
Orange county ca is well known for its judicial corruption. Judge Donald F. Gaffney depa
11/21/2016 11:34:17 am
My wife has a custody case in Orange County. She was the custodial parent since birth for over 4 years and when my step son came home alleging mental and physical abuse, his dad took us to court with nothing but lies and and a crooked lawyer. He was granted sole custody granted on an ex parte motion which in CA the only way for this to legally happen is if there is irrefutable evidence provided substantiating physical or sexual abuse against the child. There wasn't anything of the sort, only that we had denied him visitation which wasn't true either. He lied and the DA along with Cypress PD came and took our son in the worst way possible. An officer threatened my wife with a taser and another pushed my 8 year old autistic son to the ground because he was trying to say goodbye. His dad then filed for a restraining order in Butte County against me. The only people who should have known were him, the judge up north who granted it, and his attorney. I was served by a deputy in Orange County on behalf of Judge Donald Gaffney. How did he get it to have me served when I've never even seen this guy face to face. I got the order lifted and was able to talk to my son 2 times and then Gaffney and my step sons attorney put an order in the temporary orders denying me the ability to talk to my son. $50k and all its done is pay for lawyers doing the root of Jack shit. Meanwhile my son isn't allowed to talk to me, his mother has to have supervised visitation and all because his dad's a liar, has a record for violence, and has his sister paying for this attorney. Anyone with two eyes should be able to see how corrupt this court system is but even the ones who do are too chicken shit to do anything about it.
1/7/2017 03:27:47 pm
Family Court Judge Bobbi Tillman of Santa Monica court.
5/8/2017 11:03:42 pm
Kern county family courts is in desperate need of an audit! 100's of women are coming forward with no child support no alimony no community assets and their children being taken from them with zero evidence of being unfit! The common core these women have? Ex husbands are all wealthy Caucasians.
Elbon J. Hairston III
5/29/2017 06:06:23 pm
I will be filing a Criminal complaint against Judge Johnson Orange County Court also criminal charges against Vincent Hernandez Orange County Probation please contact me for more details
9/24/2017 12:16:02 pm
Judge Mary J. Greenwood Santa Clara family superior court is also notoriously biased against in pro per parties. She does not follow the rules of evidence frequently.
California Judge Michael Washington, appointed by Governor Jerry Brown, let's child molestor OFF ON PROBATION: Go figure. Where's the outrage from the #METOO and #Timesup movement? LOL. The hipocrisy is over the top crazy in California. http://www.thecoastnews.com/2017/12/18/man-gets-probation-for-sex-with-earl-warren-student/
6/4/2018 01:03:15 am
Judge James T Warren of Riverside CA, besides my own the 47 court hearings I have sat through he has been very one sided. I have complyed with his demands and yet still awards my ex more money. He is forcing me little by little out of my children’s lives to were I will have nothing to provide to them when they are with me. I’m a proud father who I served our country Honorably and was injured during my time of service. I have been mocked and discriminated against from the Judge James T Warren because of this. He illegally bullies me to were he knows my financial situation. I have 51% custody required to pay my ex child support and plus her attorney fees. This system has almost exhausted everything I have. To be honest I’m afraid this coming 27th of this month what going to happen. I might just be another homeless veteran on the streets.
6/11/2019 08:37:30 pm
I have been before James Warren 3 times and all 3 times he has over looked my evidence was very one sided and have my ex everything she wanted
6/24/2019 06:46:29 am
I have gone through the same issues with Warren to even pointing out that my Ex was lying in court under oath and had the documentation to prove it, yet Judge Warren did not look at it nor would he even listen. Even the FL-150 proved my case (even though it was outdated) but Judge Warren still awarded my ex what she wanted plus 10%. How he is in the position he is I will never know but it is indicative of where this state has gone and how "messed" up our legal system is. The Chief Justice of the State of CA. should seriously look at this Judge who he placed and send him "packing" as he is destroying lives with his lack of doing his job by reviewing BOTH parties documentation.....
6/28/2018 10:04:54 pm
We need help out here in the Antelope Valley. If anyone is familiar with Gabriel, we have had another child murdered named Anthony because of the abuse of discretion from DCFS, The Commissioner's on the trial that gave both children back to the abuser's and the lawyers and court reporters who also lied and used abuse of discretion during the trial and after to cover up the corruption. We need advocates and help!
6/28/2018 10:17:01 pm
I have proof two sets of transcripts by Madeline Reeves! Commissioner Setff Padilla told her to do it to have my appeal thrown into default. I have been harassed by bailiff, and new Commissioner Robert Pallazollo numerous times, and I shake every time I have to go to court. The attorneys verbally told me and another parent on separate occasions that they work together with commissioners, and they do not take the oath to tell the truth in court! So if a minor child tells the attorney something they don't want to share they will leave it out. The abuse of power out here is bad! We have children dying because of the abuse of power and discretion by the DCFS, Lawyer's, commissioner's, bailiffs and court reporters! They collude in front of other families waiting to be heard for their hearings!! I know people willing to come forward and we all have some sort of proof!!! PLEASE HELP OUR CHILDREN AND HEALTHY PARENTS WHO ARE FIGHTING HARD FOR THEIR CHILDREN'S BEST INTEREST!! I REFUSE TO STOP FIGHTING UNTIL WE STOP THE CORRUPTION! Help us please!!
9/12/2018 09:15:30 pm
Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive read anything like this before. So nice to find somebody with some original thoughts on this subject. realy thank you for starting this up. this website is something that is needed on the web, someone with a little originality. useful job for bringing something new to the internet!
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