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RULES OF COURT—2009
PAPER 7.1

When David Becomes Goliath: Litigating Against Self-Represented Litigants

These materials were prepared by Michael D. Parrish of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver, BC, for the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, April 2009. © Michael D. Parrish

7.1.1

WHEN DAVID BECOMES GOLIATH: LITIGATING AGAINST SELFREPRESENTED LITIGANTSI. II. Introduction ....................................................................................................................... 1 Strategies and Tactics for Dealing with Unrepresented Litigants Generally ...................... 2 A. Communicating with Self-Represented Litigants .................................................................. 2 B. Service and Delivery ofDocuments....................................................................................... 3 C. Pleadings................................................................................................................................. 4 D. Document Discovery ............................................................................................................. 4 E. Examinations for Discovery.................................................................................................. 5 F. Judicial Case Management ..................................................................................................... 5 G. Alternative Dispute Resolution ............................................................................................. 6 Interlocutory Motions By and AgainstSelf-Represented Litigants ..................................... 7 A. Generally................................................................................................................................ 7 B. Motion Materials .................................................................................................................... 7 C. Delivery of Materials.............................................................................................................. 7 D. Hearings and Submissions...................................................................................................... 8 E. Ad-Hoc Retainer of Counsel and Adjournments .................................................................. 8 F. Orders.................................................................................................................................... 8 G. Costs ....................................................................................................................................... 9 Summary Disposition of Claims ........................................................................................... 9 A.Generally................................................................................................................................. 9 B. Rule 19(24) Applications.......................................................................................................... 9 C. Rule 18 Applications ............................................................................................................ 10 D. Rule 18A Applications......................................................................................................... 10 Other Protective Measures ............................................................................................... 11 A. Applications for Security for Costs ..................................................................................... 11 B. Vexatious LitigantOrders.................................................................................................... 12 Conclusion........................................................................................................................ 12

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Introduction

The appearance of self-represented litigants in BC courts, particularly the BC Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal, has...
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