A Suffolk County, N.Y., Supreme Court justice has ordered a Long Island lawyer to pay opposing counsel more than $13,000 because her “frivolous conduct” forced a mistrial in a medical malpractice case.

In a case of first impression, Justice James M. Catterson said that the court’s inherent power to maintain decorum and order in the courtroom includes the power to assess against a lawyer the costs of a mistrial for which she may be at fault.

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