"If the legal system required the losing party to pay all the court costs for both sides, I'm told that's the norm in Britain and the complaint there is that the risk of losing prevents poorer people with valid claims from risking court.
In many US courts the judge is not required to be a lawyer or legal scholar even in the loosest definition of the term. Sad thing, because they usually could find grounds for a vengeful whooping if they only bothered.
I think we also need to "motivate" the shyster lawyers, by telling them that if their client loses, they'll have to pay half the claim or forfeit their law licenses unless they've been "batting at least .800". Everyone is going to lose from time to time, but the ones who really KNOW up front they haven't got a leg to stand on--need to be motivated away.