Under proposed legislation Nova Scotia judges will have
the power to stop litigants who repeatedly tie up court proceedings
without reasonable grounds.

 

Justice Minister Ross Landry says the government is bringing forward legislation initially introduced in November 2008.

 

It will allow courts to stop so-called vexatious litigants from proceeding further with cases that have already been ruled on.

 

The
goal of the restraining order is to stop a process that eats up a
court's time and resources and piles unnecessary legal costs on
defendants.

Landry says judges will have the power to rule cases
as vexatious and can order that litigants pay a defendant's court
costs, although litigants' rights will also be protected through an
appeal process.

The minister says seven other provinces have
similar legislation along with the Supreme Court of Canada and the
Federal Court of Canada.