Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice stays $300 million damages claim against Bermuda Government

In a recent decision of Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice, published on 12 September 2016, Mr. Justice Robert Beaudoin has stayed (and indicated his provisional intention to summarily dismiss) a claim asserted by an individual against the Attorney General of Bermuda, the former Director of Public Prosecutions, the Police Commissioner, a Magistrate, a Supreme Court judge, and various criminal defence lawyers in Bermuda (to name a few…), claiming $300 million in damages (yes, three hundred million).

The pleading alleges false imprisonment; malicious prosecution; psychological torture; intentional cruelty; and (for the avoidance of doubt) negligence.

The Ontario Court has noted that it does not have jurisdiction over the various Bermuda defendants or the claims asserted against them: and that it is apparent that the claim may be “frivolous, vexatious, and an abuse of process of the Court“.

The judgment is reported as Sagos v Attorney General of Bermuda, 2016 ONSC 5664 (CanLII),and a copy of the judgment is available here: http://www.canlii.org/en/on/onsc/doc/2016/2016onsc5664/2016onsc5664.html





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