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Time to end frivolous lawsuits

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Kathryn G. Paul

Does our South Carolina court system provide justice for all? Or does the system leave some feeling victimized by the very system we trust to provide justice? Is there a need for reform in our state’s judicial system?
Maybe you know someone who has been victimized by a system that fails to hold attorneys accountable for the suits they file in our court system. Frivolous suits, even if dismissed, can cause unwarranted stress and financial burdens for the innocent victim. Should justice put the burden on the innocent? Or should justice punish the guilty?
Frivolous lawsuits not only victimize the individual, but we are all victimized by the cost to the taxpayers when our court system does not function as efficiently as it should.
Haven’t we all heard about the backlog in the courtroom? Why does it take so long for a case to be heard in court? Maybe the cases that have merit could be heard faster if the frivolous ones were not filed. If an attorney is held accountable for the merit of the cases they file, frivolous cases may occur less frequently.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see new businesses move into our state due to the security that comes from state laws that efficiently govern lawsuits?
If these and other possibilities excite you, call your state legislators and express your thoughts. The discussion of this issue is imminent. Now is the time to call. Get on board in the effort to move South Carolina forward.

Kathryn G. Paul
Lancaster