Title 7a. Pretrial Conferences - California Code of Civil Procedure Section 575.2

575.2.  (a) Local rules promulgated pursuant to Section 575.1 may
provide that if any counsel, a party represented by counsel, or a
party if in pro se, fails to comply with any of the requirements
thereof, the court on motion of a party or on its own motion may
strike out all or any part of any pleading of that party, or, dismiss
the action or proceeding or any part thereof, or enter a judgment by
default against that party, or impose other penalties of a lesser
nature as otherwise provided by law, and may order that party or his
or her counsel to pay to the moving party the reasonable expenses in
making the motion, including reasonable attorney fees. No penalty may
be imposed under this section without prior notice to, and an
opportunity to be heard by, the party against whom the penalty is
sought to be imposed.
   (b) It is the intent of the Legislature that if a failure to
comply with these rules is the responsibility of counsel and not of
the party, any penalty shall be imposed on counsel and shall not
adversely affect the party's cause of action or defense thereto.

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