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Inquiry into Vexatious Litigants
Papers and Reports
The Law Reform Committee released an issues paper - pdf 119.83 Kb on 28 April 2008 as part of its call for submissions to the inquiry into vexatious litigants. This inquiry is now complete. No further submissions will be accepted.
The Committee engaged Dr Ian Freckelton SC to undertake research with judicial officers and court and VCAT staff in relation to their experiences with vexatious litigants. As part of the terms of reference for this inquiry, the Committee was required to look at the effect of vexatious litigants on the justice system. The Committee engaged Dr Freckelton to undertake confidential interviews with judicial officers and court and VCAT staff so that it could better understand what impact vexatious litigants have on the court system. Dr Freckelton completed two reports based on his research, both of which are available for download as PDF files.
- Judicial Officers and VCAT Members report - pdf 184.27 Kb
- Court and VCAT staff report - pdf 103.92 Kb
The Committee tabled its final report in Parliament on 4 December 2008. The Committee made 32 recommendations aimed at preventing and managing vexatious litigants in the justice system where possible, and restricting access to the courts only in serious cases. The report is available for download as a pdf file 3.86 Mb.
The Government Response to this report was tabled in Parliament on 2 June 2009. The Government Response is available for download as a pdf file 1.14 Mb.