Saturday, 14 February 2015

Vexatious Litigation

Answer to last week's quiz is vexatious. Here's our explanation of the term, taken from our book "Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution: Vocabulary Series":

Vexatious Litigation (noun): This means that a claimant issues a number of claims that are totally without merit. Without merit means that there are no grounds or good reasons to make the claim. Vexatious litigants are usually placed on a special list and must ask the court for permission to issue a claim with the court. The courts are generally reluctant to place a litigant on the list as it restricts their access to the courts. It is, therefore, not common for litigants to be placed on the list without good reason. Associated Words: Claim (noun), Claimant (noun), Grounds (noun), To Issue a Claim (collocation).

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Saturday, 7 February 2015

Serial Podcast

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Quiz on litigants

Happy Saturday !  Quiz time: Fill in the missing word

A person who issues lots of claims for little or no reason is called a ________ litigant.

a) unreasonable
b) troublesome
c) vexatious
d) vindictive

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Friday, 6 February 2015

Party Time !

Party Time !  Here is the answer to last week's quiz :)

Party (noun): A party to proceedings is a person or organisation who has an interest in those proceedings. Usually this means that there will be a claimant (the person who starts the claim) or a defendant (the person who defends the claim) and maybe a third party (a person with an interest in the claim). If a person or organisation is named in the proceedings as a claimant, defendant or third party then they are a “party” to the claim. Associated Words: Claim (noun), Claimant (noun), Defendant (noun), Proceedings (noun), Third Party (noun).

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Sunday, 1 February 2015

Quiz Time: Who has an interest in a claim?

Hi all !  Legal English Quiz Time ! Fill in the gap:

A ________ to a case is an individual or organisation who has an interest in the case or claim. Usually they are in the form of a claimant and a defendant.

a) claimant
b) party
c) defendant
d) litigant in person

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