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Tell on a Hellhole

Contribute to our project by letting us know about additional Judicial Hellholes.



Points of Light

There are five ways to douse the flames in Judicial Hellholes and to keep jurisdictions from developing an out-of-balance legal climate:

  1. Constructive media attention and public education can help encourage reform;
  2. Trial court judges can engage in self-correction;
  3. Appellate courts can overturn bad trial court decisions and limit future judicial malfeasance;
  4. Legislatures can enact statutory reforms; and
  5. Voters can reject litigation-loving judges or enact ballot referenda to
    address particular problems.

In its “Points of Light” section, the Judicial Hellholes report highlights actions by judges, legislators, the electorate and/or the media that stemmed abusive litigation.

Florida Legislature’s Trifecta
Recht’s Rules
Maryland Upholds Upper Limit on Pain & Suffering Damages

These jurisdictions set an example for how a courthouse, city, county or state can emerge from the desultory depths of a Hellhole or otherwise keep itself from sinking to those depths in the first place.