Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Althea Reyes declared a “vexatious litigant”

It won’t be easy for Althea Reyes to drag anybody else before a judge. The long ago beauty queen has been declared a “vexatious litigant” for repeatedly abusing Ontario courts with frivolous lawsuits. The designation means she cannot continue or begin any new cases in any level of court in Ontario without first getting permission from a judge. Reyes is appealing.

Reyes has sued at least 30 people, companies and organizations since 2011 in Toronto. She has targeted men she had relationships with, a school board, bank employees, a pawnshop, a dry cleaning business, lawyers who have opposed her in the courtroom, even a complete stranger. Reyes, who attended law school but is not licensed to practice law, has used her legal knowledge to drag out proceedings and aggravate the people she targeted.

Althea Reyes from the early 1990s.
On numerous occasions Reyes presented herself as a lawyer and took money to represent people in small claims court, prompting the Law Society of Upper Canada to obtain an injunction forbidding her to offer legal services. When reached by phone last week, Reyes hung up. She then tried to take the Star newspaper to court by filing an emergency motion that asked, among other things, for a judge to prohibit any journalists from contacting her.

The motion was tossed by a judge because she did not first get permission to file it.