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Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978

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32Restriction on institution of vexatious actions

(1)If, on an application made by the Attorney General under this section, the High Court is satisfied that any person has habitually and persistently and without any reasonable ground instituted vexatious legal proceedings, whether in the High Court or in any inferior court or tribunal, and whether against the same person or against different persons, the court may, after hearing that person or giving him an opportunity of being heard, order—

(a)that no legal proceedings shall without the leave of the High Court be instituted by him in any court or tribunal;

(b)that any legal proceedings instituted by him in any court or tribunal before the making of the order shall not be continued by him without such leave ;

and such leave shall not be given unless the court is satisfied that the proceedings are not an abuse of the process of the court and that there is prima facie ground for the proceedings.

(2)The court may in its discretion assign a solicitor or counsel to any person against whom an order is sought under this section and the expenses of any such solicitor or counsel shall be taxed and paid out of the legal aid fund.

(3)A notice of the making of any order under this section shall be published in the Belfast Gazette.

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