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DECISIONS DECISIONS n CIVIL PRACTICE stating that right of access to the federal courts is not absolute, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on May 8 upheld an order by the Executive Committee to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois that barred one particularly litigious person from filing any more suits with the court unless the committee first screened and approved of the filing. In re Chapman, No. 02-3752. Instead of imposing sanctions on Lamar Chapman III for filing frivolous and repetitive actions, the committee imposed an injunction under which it will prescreen all submissions except for criminal or habeas corpus matters, and will bar him from filing any unapproved claims. Affirming, the 7th Circuit held that the committee had jurisdiction to impose the injunction and that the order did not impermissibly interfere with an individual’s right of access to the courts. An individual is entitled only to “meaningful access” to the courts, the 7th Circuit said, adding that Chapman still retains that right.

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