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Bench Book - 5.3 Immunity and Related Defenses

Under the doctrine of sovereign immunity, the government may not be sued without its consent. The concept flows from the common-law notion that the “the king can do no wrong” and that a lawsuit could not be brought against him in his own courts. Through an overlapping web of federal, state, and common-law rules, judicial and correctional officials and employees will often be immune from suit for their actions taken in relation to the Compact.