The Cambridge Law Journal



ALEXANDER CHAFFERS AND THE GENESIS OF THE VEXATIOUS ACTIONS ACT 1896


Michael Taggart a1
a1 Alexander Turner Professor of Law, University of Auckland.

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Abstract

IT is highly unlikely that those persons declared habitually vexatious litigants pursuant to statute would know to curse Alexander Chaffer for their predicament. Nevertheless, it was principally the litigation mania of Mr. Chaffers that stirred the British Parliament to enact the Vexatious Actions Act 1896. This piece of legislation empowers the law officers to apply to the High Court to have a person declared a habitually vexatious litigant, with the consequence, if an order is made by the judge, that the person cannot initiate any legal proceedings whatsoever without prior leave of the Court.