A recent article in the Indianapolis Star detailed the growing trend of pro se litigants in Indiana including Gersh Zavodnik, a 51 year old Russian immigrant. According to the article, Zavodnik is known among Marion County judges as a “frequent filer,” for he has filed over 100 lawsuits in the County since 2008 with a reported 100 more on the way. Zavodnik justifies the lawsuits by stating that he files suits seeking justice. The large number of lawsuits he has filed raises the question of whether he is abusing the court system.
Many in the legal community, including Marion County judges, feel that Zavodnik is flooding the court system with frivolous lawsuits. Judges are growing increasingly frustrated with his efforts which they view as only adding to their overloaded docket. Although the judges have a valid point, Zavodnik, along with all American citizens, have a right to seek justice in the court system. Zavodnik may seem like a detriment to the Marion County judges, but he has a right to be there as long as he continues to bring suits with merit. In Zavodnik’s case, several of his suits have been dismissed, but he has brought several cases with merit in his pursuit for justice. Given these valid lawsuits, judges will have to continue to deal with Zavodnik in his longstanding quest for justice in the American court system.