1.3 Sanctions; Relief From Failure to Comply

(a) Sanctions

Except as otherwise provided by law, the court may dismiss an action, enter a default, or impose other sanctions it deems appropriate, for any violation of, or failure to comply with, the local rules.

Violation of any local rule governing the form of filing may be sanctioned by imposing a fine against the attorney for the party that has violated the rule.  A party wishing to contest the imposition of any fine shall file a motion to vacate prior to payment of any fine.  The court shall not consider motions filed after payment of any fine.

(b) Relief From Failure to Comply

The court may excuse a failure to comply with any local rule whenever justice so requires.