Questions tagged [judicial-immunity]

For questions about judicial immunity, an exception to personal liability granted to those involved in judicial process for official actions.

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Is there any way to hold a judge accountable for the harm caused by a bad decision?

Here's a hypothetical scenario, loosely based on something that actually happened to some people I know. Bob attacks Alice and injures her. Bob is charged with assault and battery. Trial by jury is ...
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Can an attorney be arrested whilst representing their client in court?

In the videos linked to below, we see an extraordinary circumstance where a defence lawyer turns up late and apparently intoxicated after a possible hit-and-run vehicle collision. Here's a summary. ...
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If the US federal government has sovereign immunity, why can it be sued in federal courts?

Specifically, in US citizenship cases it's common for applicants to request a federal court to issue and enforce a writ of mandamus in order to compel the federal government to process an application ...
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Have there been attempts to manage quality of judicial work?

When judges make judicial errors of law (those later identified by higher courts on appeal; not to be confused with judicial misconduct), they are not affected beyond possible damage to their public ...
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Can a judge make it case law that 2×2=5?

The following quote from Malcolm Turnbull is actually not what this question is about, but nevertheless it is a good-fit epigraph: The laws of mathematics are very commendable, but the only law ...
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Can it be judicial misconduct to not rebut arguments of losing party?

Bob sues Rob in a civil court (adversarial system). Bob contends: I am right and Rob is wrong because of A. Rob defends: No, A does not apply because of X. Bob replies: No way. X does not ...
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Is the Court Registrar/Clerk immune to a suit for negligence?

Suppose a Court Registrar/Clerk issues an enforcement instrument against a party to enforce a judgment debt, but the Court later rules that this instrument was invalidly issued (i.e., the Registrar/...
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What limits are there to the powers of individual judges in the United States legal system?

Based on what I have heard, judges in United States can cancel the traffic ticket of an individual or imprison another simply because something they don't like in some person. (Here I would not ...
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Are judges immune from prosecution of crimes committed while acting as a judge?

Discussing the civil lawsuit to Hans Reiser's murder conviction, Wikipedia states: "Judges ... are immune to lawsuits regarding their official conduct." In the United States, is that true? Surely,...