Vexatious litigant denied chance to appeal court decision

Ryan Ross rross@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on June 24, 2014

Scales of justice

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.