With the ever decreasing availability of legal aid there are more people representing themselves in family proceedings. Whilst this case was an extreme example of litigation conduct, it is a warning for those individuals that try to frustrate the justice system and use it as a weapon against their spouse. Judge's have shown their willingness to hold those in contempt of court and make cost orders where appropriate.
Costs order in the sum of nearly £150K made against husband - In Veluppillai v Veluppillai  EWHC 3095 (Fam) Mr Justice Mostyn has described the conduct of a husband conducting his own case as 'abysmal'. The judge noted that since the claim had been commenced in September 2012 there had been over 30 hearings including four appeals mounted by the husband. Mostyn J further directed that all of the husband's emails to court since 8 October 2015 should be sent to the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police for him to decide if any of the threats contained in them amount to criminal offences.