Issue: Under Colorado Rule of Evidence 804, when a declarant is unavailable to be a witness, may their statement be allowed into evidence?
|Area of Law:||Litigation & Procedure, Uncategorized|
|Keywords:||; Declarant; Unavailable; Hearsay|
|Cited Cases:||670 P.2d 1254; 23 P.3d 1237; 448 U.S. 56; 181 P.3d 1225; 121 P.3d 876|
OCGA section 9-15-14 provides information relating to litigation costs and attorney’s fees assessed for frivolous actions and defenses. The Rule states:
(a) In any civil action in any court of record of this state, reasonable and necessary attorney’s fees and expenses of litigation shall be awarded to any party against whom another party has asserted a claim, defense, or other position with respect to which there existed such a complete absence of any justiciable issue of law or fact that it could not be reasonably believed that a court would accept the asserted claim, defense, or other position. Attorney’s fees and expenses so awarded shall be assessed against the party asserting such claim, defense, or other position, or against that party’s attorney, or against both in such manner as is just.
(b) The court may assess reasonable and necessary attorney’s fees and expenses of litigation in any civil action in any court of record if, upon the motion of any party or the court itself, it finds that an attorney or party brought or defended an action, or any part thereof, that lacked substantial justification or that the action, or any part thereof, was interposed for delay or harassment, or if it finds that an attorney or party unnecessarily expanded the proceeding by other improper conduct, including, but not limited to, abuses of discovery procedures available under Chapter 11 of this title, the "Georgia Civil Practice Act." As used in this Code […]