G. Are there sanctions for noncompliance?

The 1991 amendments to the Open Meetings Act added a civil penalty provision for knowing and willful violations of the Act. According to § 10-511, a member of a public body who willfully participates in a meeting of the body with knowledge that the meeting is being held in violation of the Act is subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $100. OMA Manual, at 5-4. Civil penalties cannot be imposed where a violation is the result of mere carelessness, a good-faith mistake, or reliance on incorrect legal advice. Id. at 5-5. Only a court may impose a civil penalty. Id. at 5-4.