Meads v. Meads — Developments in OPCA Litigation
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 [12:30-1:30 p.m.] E.T.
Speakers: The Honourable J.D. Rooke, Associate Chief Justice, Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta; Donald Netolitzky, Court Legal Counsel
Free teleconference for CBA members
The reasons for decision in Meads v. Meads 2012 ABQB 571, delivered by Associate Chief Justice J.D. Rooke, offer a plain-spoken and comprehensive response to the increasing phenomenon of Organized Pseudolegal Commercial Argument (OPCA) litigants. These self-represented parties—sometimes referred to as Detaxers, Freemen-on-the-Land, or Sovereign Citizens—employ organized methods to intentionally disregard the rule of law, to deliberately disrupt the court system and to avoid their legal obligations. Public sector lawyers, and those who otherwise act on behalf of governments across Canada, increasingly face the actions of OPCA litigants. The lengthy decision in Meads sets out a valuable aid for courts, lawyers and other parties faced with this often frustrating response to litigation.
Mr. Justice Rooke and Mr. Netolitzky will provide a summary of their experience with Meads v. Meads and a review of developments in law and practice concerning OPCA litigants. The speakers will also make available to registrants a large, updated compendium of OPCA individuals and activities.
This program is accredited in all Canadian continuing professional development jurisdictions (CPD):
Substantive, skills and/or procedural content: 1 hour
Ethics, Professionalism and/or practice management content: 0 hour
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