Fines which were supposed to bring in $ 60 to the City of Quebec will ultimately cost the municipal administration dear. Struggling with numerous legal proceedings brought by a citizen who contested the fines, the City had to take great measures to muzzle him.
To achieve this, the City commissioned a law firm, at a cost of $ 232,500, to Leopold Camille Yodjeu Ntemde be declared a quarrelsome litigant. My Luc Chamberland and Anthony Boilard are the lawyers on file.
In September 2018, Quebec City police intercept Mr. Yodjeu Ntemde who is driving without his driver’s license and the insurance certificate for his vehicle.
In writing the tickets, Constables Fortier and Faucher probably had no idea of the chain reaction that was to follow.
“Star” of quarrelsome
Complaints in police ethics, complaints to the bar, appeal to the Superior Court. The motorist has multiplied the requests, claiming to be the victim of an abuse of process, after being ordered to pay the fines.
Faced with this avalanche of proceedings, the City asked the Superior Court to declare Yodjeu Ntemde quarrelsome litigant, even arguing that he is a “star” in the matter.
The judge Raymond W. Pronovost who has seen many other quarrelsome in 30 years of career agreed that Léopold Camille Yodjeu Ntemde “wins the prize”.
By declaring him to be a quarrelsome litigant, Judge Pronovost requires him to obtain authorization from a judge before being able to bring any recourse.
” Olympic champion “
“He’s an Olympic champion,” notes the professor Sylvette Guillemard, from the Faculty of Law of Laval University.
Me Guillemard who is a specialist in the phenomenon of quarrelsome believes that Yodjeu Mtemde has reached the “ultimate stage” of the vexatious litigant.
“The procedural documents he filed, there were 200, 300 pages, tons of paragraphs,” said the professor.
Before flooding the Quebec courts with his procedures, Léopold Camille Yodjeu Mtemde had done the same thing with the federal authorities.
The Federal Court had come to the same conclusion, noting his quarrel.
Following a dispute in an immigration case, he initiated 13 litigation in addition to filing 83 petitions, a file of which alone had 1,800 pages.
“To be honest, the escalation of legal proceedings is constant, continuous and, unfortunately, endless,” wrote Federal Court judge Roger R. Lafrenière in August 2019.
” It’s enough. I believe that the time has come to intervene to stop these excesses, ”declared Roger R. Lafrenière, judge at the Federal Court.
In his fight, Léopold Camille Yodjeu Ntemde filed requests for inquiries and ethical complaints against 12 judges, 13 lawyers, 6 police officers from Quebec City, a prothonotary and a bailiff.
The Superior Court therefore included in its decision all the administrative bodies and tribunals under its jurisdiction, as well as the Court of Quebec.
“It is time to limit the damage” estimated Raymond W. Pronovost, judge at the Superior Court of Quebec.
Judge Pronovost notes that Yodjeu Ntemde is so “prolific” that his requests must also be framed.
Qualifying him “fertile author”, the judge limits it to a letter of two pages, if he wishes to request authorization to initiate a legal action.
As he flooded the email boxes of court offices and several organizations, Judge Pronovost also required him to make future requests by mail.
He seeks asylum in the United States
We contacted Léopold Camille Yodjeu Ntemde by email.
It was his brother who responded, since the alleged quarrelsome man was in a detention center in Louisiana, awaiting regularization of his immigration status.
The first email we received had 19 attachments, one of which was 309 pages.
He asks for political asylum in the United States, since Léopold Camille Yodjeu Ntemde claims to be a victim of the Canadian authorities.
In the document, he compares the Trudeau government to the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler.
According to him, the government persecutes him with the complicity of judges “who are of infernal race and sons of Satan Lucifer Baphonet”, he writes.
Who are the quarrelsome?
If Léopold Camille Yodjeu Ntemde seems in a class of its own, he is not the only one to have seen a court restrict his right to sue.
They are nearly 300 in Quebec to have obtained the label of vexatious litigant.
Professor Guillemard who studies the phenomenon of writing quarrels him as a paranoid and narcissistic being.
“It does manifest itself, if you will, in men between 30 and 40 years old. These are people who are generally extremely intelligent, they often are in any case (…) they are organized, intellectually structured, and very narcissistic, ”explains Me Guillemard.
Unlike a normal person, the contentious will never accept defeat.
“When the judge proves you wrong, for 15 days, you will be very disappointed, but you will stop there. The quarrelsome, him, will not accept this refusal, or this defeat ”, observes the professor.
“The person monopolizes the justice system. Rooms, the registry, judges … To try to advance his cause. (…) For all litigants and the justice service, it is a plague, ”says Sylvette Guillemard, Professor of Law at Laval University.
In the case of Léopold Camille Yodjeu Ntemde, he calls on all authorities, even going so far as to submit his case to the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights.
“And this gentleman, seizing and writing to everyone, he said to himself, well yes, the United Nations will listen to me, it is not because the Court of Quebec, well the Quebec courts do not ‘don’t listen, at least I’ll go to higher and the United Nations will listen to me. The more poles he tends, the more he thinks he has a chance of catching a fish or a pigeon, ”illustrates Sylvette Guillemard.
The City of Quebec refused to comment on the case since it is still before the courts, Léopold Camille Yodjeu Ntemde having appealed his case.