Is Pro Se litigant entitled for monetary sanction fees in Motion to Compel further response to Discovery Request?

I filed a motion to compel further response to discovery request. I am not a lawyer but I prepared all the paper by myself. I requested sanction to recovery the time I spent in preparing the motion.

San Francisco, CA -

Attorney Answers (3)

Rebekah Ryan Main

Rebekah Ryan Main

Lawsuit / Dispute Attorney - Rancho Cucamonga, CA

The short answer is no, unfortunately you are not entitled to “fees” as a pro per litigant. If it is any consolation, I would not be entitled to fees myself (even though I am an attorney) if I prepared a Motion to Compel in my own litigation matter. Basically, you are entitled to be reimbursed for the money it cost you, such as filing fees, etc.

Best of luck to you.

Attorney Rebekah Ryan Main

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Frank Wei-Hong Chen

Frank Wei-Hong Chen

Litigation Lawyer - San Marino, CA

No. If you are not an attorney, you will not be entitled to recovery attorney fees as reasonable sanctions for any discovery motions. Parties appearing in pro per may not recover attorney fees through discovery sanctions. (Kravitz v. Sup.Ct. (Milner) (2001) 91 Cal.App.4th 1015, 1020—but such parties may recover reasonably identifiable litigation costs (e.g., photocopying, transportation to and from court, etc.) even if those costs would ordinarily be included in a lawyer's hourly rate.)

In fact, in the case of Argaman v. Ratan (1999) 73 Cal.App.4th 1173, 1175, the court held that a party in pro per (although an attorney) cannot be awarded attorney’s fees as a discovery sanction.

Frank W. Chen has been licensed to practice law in California since 1988. The information presented here is... more
Constantine D. Buzunis

Constantine D. Buzunis

Litigation Lawyer - San Diego, CA

I agree with Attorney Main.

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