Shutting Down the Frivolous Vexatious Litigant

Shutting Down the Frivolous Vexatious Litigant

Canada v. Olumide 2017 FCA 42 set out a road map on how to rid the court’s back log of the frivolous and vexatious litigant, albeit with ” dignity and respect.” The Federal Court relied upon s 40 of the Federal Court act but most… Read more

Court May Hear Additional Evidence Before Entry of Order

Court May Hear Additional Evidence Before Entry of Order

Clayton v British American Securities Ltd ( 1934) 3 WWR 257 ( BCCA) upheld  the discretionary  power of a trial judge to hear additional evidence after judgement was pronounced but before the order was entered . At the close of a trial judgment was reserved and after the… Read more

Parens Patriae Jurisdiction of the Courts

Parens Patriae Jurisdiction of the Courts

Re Senini 2016 BCSC 2299 invoked the  the parens patriae  jurisdiction of the courts to declare an adult no  longer incapable of handling her affairs. The parens patriae jurisdiction is  founded on necessity, namely the need for the courts to act for the protection of… Read more

Change of Venue of Trial

Change of Venue of Trial

Harder v Harder estate 2017 BCSC 425 discussed the law relating to changing the venue of trial or interlocutory proceedings from where the action was originally commenced to another city. The defendants in Harder sought an order transferring the proceedings  from Victoria to the Vancouver… Read more

Res Judicata, Cause of Action Estopppel and Merger in Judgement

Res Judicata, Cause of Action Estopppel and Merger in Judgement

Wolverton Securities Ltd v Schemel 2009 BCSC 1048 discusses the concepts of res judicata, cause of action estoppel and merger in judgement and states that the concepts are often used interchangeably in various judgments. The concepts essentially bar a litigant from suing a second time… Read more

Civil Fraud

Civil Fraud

The tort of civil fraud (as opposed to criminal fraud)  was reviewed by the Supreme Court of Canada in Bruno Appliance and Furniture Inc. v Hyrniak 2014 SCC 8  and concluded there are four elements . 18      The classic statement of the elements of civil… Read more

Pleading the Tort of Conspiracy

Pleading the Tort of Conspiracy

It occasionally occurs in estate litigation that parties conspire with others to defeat the claims of a party that give rise to a court  pleading of the tort of conspiracy. For example, I recently had a situation where the executor attempted to sell the property… Read more

The Principles of Interpreting a Contract

The Principles of Interpreting Contracts

Dusanjh v Wright Estate 2017 BCSC 340 sets out the law relating to interpreting contracts when there is an ambiguity as to it’s meaning. The children of the deceased brought a petition that argued the deceased had established a trust in their favour and the court… Read more

Striking Out a Court Pleading

Striking Out a Court Pleading

A court pleading may be struck out by the Court pursuant to Rule 9-5 ( 1) which states: 1) At any stage of a proceeding, the court may order to be struck out or amended the whole or any part of pleading, petition or other document… Read more

Misfeasance of Public Officials

Misfeasance of Public Officials

It occasionally occurs in estate litigation that a party has complaints about the misfeasance of  public officials, (usually  against the Public Guardian and Trustee), as a result of perceived deliberate  unlawful actions on the part of the public official against the complainant The tort of… Read more

Amending Court Pleadings

Amending Court Pleadings

Russell Estate v Larson 2017 BCSC 113 contains a good summary of the law relating to amending court pleadings. Pleadings are very important in litigation so as to give a concise definition of the issues to be tried and to allow the opposing party to… Read more

Executor Added After Expiration of Wills Variation Limitation

Executor Added After Expiration of Wills Variation Limitation

 Under the provisions of section 60 WESA, an action under the wills variation provisions must be commenced within 180 days of the grant of probate or the action is statute barred. In the 1987 decision Cowan v Cowan 17 BCLR ( 2d) 114, the plaintiff… Read more

Damage Assessments on Appeal

Damage Assessments on Appeal

“An appellate court will not interfere with a trial judge’s assessment of damages unless he or she erred in principle of law, misapprehended the evidence, failed to consider relevant factors or considered irrelevant factors, or there was no evidence on which the judge could have… Read more

The Defence of Mistake

The Law of Mistake

Teather v Kawashima 2016  BCSC  2231 involved litigation where the defence of mistake was argued and the Court reviewed the law. When parties are negotiating a contract it may occur that  one party is thinking of one thing while the other party is thinking of… Read more

Fertility and WESA: Is This Reproductive Matter Property?

Fertility and WESA

A deceased husband’s frozen sperm at a fertility centre was declared to be personal property under WESA and previous case law and thus could be inherited by the widow on an intestacy. The court in KLW v Genesis Fertility Centre 2016 BCSC 1621 ordered to release of… Read more