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The Vexatious Litigant

Vexatious litigation generally involves legal proceedings brought solely to harass or oppress the opposing party. Vexatious litigation may range from a first-time, frivolous lawsuit to repetitive, meritless applications brought within an otherwise proper lawsuit. In a nutshell, vexatious litigation involves an abuse or misuse of the legal system for the litigant’s own ends. In the […]

Authors:

Trevor Todd
Trevor Todd
Trevor Todd restricts his practice to estate litigation and has practised law for 38 years. He is a past President of the Trial Lawyers Association of BC, a past chair of the Wills and Trusts (Vancouver) Subsection, and a past president of the New Westminster Bar Association. He frequently lectures to CLE, TLABC, the BC Notaries, and various law, business, or general public sessions on estate law issues. Disinherited.com is 17 years old. It has hundreds of blogs and articles and currently over 5600 visitors per month on average.
 

Judith Milliken, QC
Judith Milliken, QC
Judith Milliken, QC, hails from Saskatchewan. She has practised law in BC since 1976. A former commercial lawyer then senior Crown Counsel, she is a highly experienced litigator who practises exclusively estate litigation, Wills, and trusts with Stewart Aulinger, Vancouver.
 

Small Claims Court: A Venue Made for Self-Represented Litigants

Introduction A few years ago, while stopped on a major road in congested Calgary commuter traffic, our vehicle was struck from behind by another vehicle.  We were hit with such force that our car was pushed into the car in front of us.  The road and visibility were excellent and we all knew the cause […]

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Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal is a Professor of Law at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta.
 

Jacqueline Bowal
Jacqueline Bowal is a student at the University of Calgary.
 

What Self–Represented Litigants (Actually) Want

What should we do about self-represented litigants (SRLs)? Amid a backdrop of skyrocketing legal fees, decreased public funding, and a resultant wave of self-representation, this question seems to be on every reformer’s mind. Countless reports, working groups, and studies have asked this question, and reached diverse and creative conclusions. However, these papers often share one […]

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Sarah Burton
This article is reprinted with the permission of the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre. Sarah Burton was a staff lawyer with the Centre at the time this article was written.
 


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