Vexatious litigant denied chance to appeal court decision

Ryan Ross
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A woman who was declared a vexatious litigant had her latest attempt to use the courts dismissed by a P.E.I. Supreme Court judge.

In February 2013, Deborah Kelly Hawkes filed an application for judicial review of an earlier P.E.I. Human Rights Commission decision that dismissed a complaint she made.

That judicial review was denied and Hawkes tried to proceed through the P.E.I. Court of Appeal.

Last year, P.E.I. Supreme Court Justice Ben Taylor declared Hawkes a vexatious litigant, which restricted her ability to start and further legal proceedings.

In a June 5 decision, Justice Nancy Key said the appeal attempt was an abuse of process and there was no reasonable grounds for the proceeding. Key dismissed the application and ordered Hawkes to pay $3,000 in costs.

Organizations: Supreme Court, P.E.I. Human Rights Commission, P.E.I. Court

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  • Tired of the ranting
    June 24, 2014 - 15:18

    This was a good ruling. Hawkes doesn't pay her own legal fees, feels she is entitled to more, more and more things which must be paid for by others rather than her own work, and is basically a little unbalanced. It's about time this circus left town.

  • About Time
    June 24, 2014 - 09:58

    About time to lock this lady up & give her some forced treatment . This lady has done nothing but cause trouble & cost PEI residents a bundle of money in lawyer fees & court time over the last few years . She obviously need's mental help .