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Sally Ridge

Sally Ridge

Just pay him already Sally and move on. The only ones winning in this dispute are the lawyers.

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Finally someone deals to a vexatious litigant

I think the law needs to be  strengthened regarding vexatious litigants. It is exceedingly outdated and very difficult to get someone declared as such.

Stephanie Flores at NBR is reporting that one such litigant has just got his beans.

The Supreme Court has denied “vexatious litigant” John Slavich a bid to appeal a review of his court costs for a pair of related appeals.

Mr Slavich sought a review of the registrar’s decision to charge security for costs of $5880 for High Court proceedings that concluded he was a vexatious litigant earlier this year.

Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias and Justices Terence Arnold and William Young denied his request, then slapped him with another $2500 plus “any reasonable disbursements determined by the registrar.”

The former Waikato accountant was jailed for two years and three months in 2006 after he was found guilty by Justice Paul Heath of forgery in relation to property frauds. In the years that followed, he launched dozens of corruption complaints against judges as well as private prosecutions against representatives of the Crown.  Read more »