Is it legal for a judge to add paperwork to a plantiffs motion to add punitive damages to their claim? At my recent motion hearing the judge had her clerk print off the original complaint from the arresting officer and added it to the plantiffs motion and then granted the motion based on what she added. Without the original complaint the motion did not meet the criteria to add punitive damages.
1 Answer from Attorneys
A court may take Judicial Notice of other court orders. However, your case would have to be reviewed to determine, what, in fact, occurred.