Monday, January 18, 2016

Le Devoir Feature Article on Growing Problem of Vexatious Litigants

On the weekend, the Montreal daily Le Devoir published a feature article on the growing problem of vexatious litigants ("plaignants quérulents").

They are highly aggressive and/or abusive citizens who take their grievances to an extreme, inundating courts and tribunals with numerous detailed complaints and multiplying procedures, and often abusing staff with threatening language.

According to the article, it is a phenomenon that is worrying bar associations, public institutions, courts, ombudsman offices as well as the psychiatric profession.

The article refers to a practice guide written in 2012 by the Office of the Ombudsman of New South Wales in Australia on Managing unreasonable complainant conduct.The guide has been widely translated and used to train others around the world.


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posted by Michel-Adrien at 6:39 pm


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