Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Lecture - The governor general, the entertainer and a tale of two vexatious litigants

Speaker: Dr Simon Smith
Date: Tuesday 9 February
Place: RHSV 239 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne
Time: 5.15 pm tea / coffee 5.45 lecture
Cost: Members free. Non-members $5.50

Australia cherishes its excentrics, dissenters, rascals, ratbags, cranks and agitators. However in the legal sphere, the environment is more restrained. Those individuals who persist in self litigating and try the patience of those administering the system are eventually decalred by the court to be 'vexatious litigants'. Somon Smith's book, Maverick Litigants, traces the evolution of this harsh sanction since its introduction in Australia in 1930 and brings to life previously untold stories of six Australian vexatious litigants.

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