You know what I like? I like learning things I didn’t know, or at least remember. Last week I heard a phrase that never crops up in my conscious mind. It is “vexatious litigation”, legal action which is brought, regardless of its merits, solely to harass or subdue an adversary. Another way of putting it is legal action or proceeding initiated maliciously and without probable cause by an individual who is not acting in good faith. A layman like me would hope that this sort of thing is the exception rather than the rule. It seems that our courts are backed up enough to the point where criminals walk free because too much time has elapsed between arrest and court date.
All we need are people whose elevators may not go all the way to the top wasting everyone’s time bringing frivolous and silly lawsuits into the courtroom. Last week a judge in Ontario told a woman she is no longer welcome in court after she has repeatedly abused Ontario courts with frivolous lawsuits. Since 2011 she has sued at least 30 people, companies and organizations in Toronto. Apparently she attended law school but is not a lawyer and has used what knowledge she gained to drag out proceedings and essentially aggravate everyone. The judge declared her a “vexatious litigant” which means she cannot continue or begin any new cases in any level of court in the province without first getting permission from a judge. Pity the poor judge or judges from whom she tries to obtain such permission. Based on her history she could be like the proverbial mosquito that keeps buzzing around the room and won’t leave.