Title

Model no more: Querulent behaviour, vexatious litigants and the Vexatious Proceedings Act 2005 (QLD)

Date of this Version

1-1-2014

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Citation only

Bedford, N., & Taylor, M. (2014). Model no more: Querulent behaviour, vexatious litigants and the Vexatious Proceedings Act 2005 (Qld). Journal of Judicial Administration, 24, 46-60.

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Copyright © 2014 Thomson Reuters

ISSN

1036-7918

Abstract

This article examines the history and development of vexatious proceedings legislation in Queensland. It undertakes a case study of declared vexatious litigants and analyses the effectiveness of a legislative response. In light of recent national and international reforms, this article argues that the current legislative approach to dealing with vexatious proceedings in Queensland is no longer model and requires reformulation. It asserts that a system of graduated litigation limitation orders would provide for a more nuanced response to the issue of vexatious and querulous behaviour. The article concludes by emphasising the value of a multidimensional approach which includes practical, early intervention strategies in addition to legislation.

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