On malicious prosecution! The word "vexatious" means 'harassment by the process of 'law' 'lacking justification' or with 'intention to harass'.

On malicious prosecution! The word "vexatious" means 'harassment by the process of 'law' 'lacking justification' or with 'intention to harass'.

Ravinder Singh vs Sukhbir Singh & Ors

Supreme Court

11/01/2013

CRIMINAL APPEAL NO. 67 of 2013

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The word "vexatious" means 'harassment by the process of 'law' 'lacking justification' or with 'intention to harass'. It signifies an action not having sufficient grounds, and which therefore, only seeks to annoy the adversary.

 

The hallmark of a vexatious proceeding is that it has no basis in law (or at least no discernible basis); and that whatever the intention of the proceeding may be, its only effect is to subject the other party to inconvenience, harassment and expense, which is so great, that it is disproportionate to any gain likely to accrue to the claimant; and that it involves an abuse of process of the court. Such proceedings are different from those that involve ordinary and proper use of the process of the court.

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