(a) Grounds for sanctions.
On motion of a party or its own motion, a Court of Appeal may impose sanctions, including the award or denial of costs under rule 8.493, on a party or an attorney for:
(1) Filing a frivolous petition or filing a petition solely to cause delay; or
(2) Committing any other unreasonable violation of these rules.
The court must give notice in writing if it is considering imposing sanctions.
Within 10 days after the court sends such notice, a party or attorney may serve and file an opposition, but failure to do so will not be deemed consent. An opposition may not be filed unless the court sends such notice.
(d) Oral argument.
Unless otherwise ordered, oral argument on the issue of sanctions must be combined with any oral argument on the merits of the petition.
Rule 8.492 adopted effective January 1, 2009.