After 50 Cases In 10 Years, Mohammed Tabibar Rahman Banned From Court

| by Kathryn Schroeder

Mohammad Tabibar Rahman, a science teacher and Bangladeshi immigrant, has been banned from taking anyone to court after 50 cases in 10 years.

Rahman’s ban was made official by Justice Michael Adams, who ruled he was a “vexatious litigant,” using the judicial system to “harass, annoy or achieve another wrongful purpose.”

As a vexatious litigant, Rahman cannot start legal proceedings without first gaining the court’s consent.

Being put on the vexatious litigant register is not stopping Rahman from making one more trip to court.

Rahman plans to fight to have his ban overturned, reports the Telegraph.

“This is a crime against humanity, I will take them to the International Criminal Court if I have to,” Rahman said. 

The first time Rahman filed a lawsuit was in 2001, when he failed an English exam and was denied teaching at NSW. He filed a complaint for racial bias with the Anti-Discrimination Board, and when it was rejected he began legal proceedings.

Since 2001, Rahman has taken legal action over social security payments, speeding tickets, a failed job interview with the Department of Immigration, and a suspension from studying law at the University of Technology. 

When he sued his own legal team over their bill he ended up paying more when he lost the case.

“He has persistently undertaken proceedings which were bound to be futile as they had no proper basis either in law and fact and, to bolster his cases, has resorted to allegations of corruption, bias and incompetence,” said Justice Adams.

Rahman blames his losses on a “corrupt” and “racist” judicial system.

His constant legal battles have had a huge financial impact.

It is estimated that Rahman’s legal battles have cost between $500,000 and $1 million. His two homes, valued at about $980,000, are now at risk and his bank account has had $57,000 removed.

“Taxpayers cannot be expected to foot the bill for the private and never-ending court battles of malicious, vindictive, unreasonable individuals,’’ Attorney General Greg Smith said.

But Rahman still believes he has made the right decisions.

“I am not wrong, they are doing the wrong thing, they are not following the right procedure,” Rahman said.

Victorian Psychiatrist Grant Lester said about 50% of vexatious litigants demonstrate the behavioral disorder querulousness.

“Those who use the courts extensively will often appear as unrepresented litigants, sometimes because they have exhausted their funds or the patience of lawyers,” Lester wrote in a research paper co-authored with psychiatrist Paul Mullen.

Rahman denies he has an obsession with litigating people, or that it is a problem.

“Do you think this is obsessive? Is it not my legal right?” Rahman said.