Salim Mehajer banned from starting lawsuits in NSW as judge labels him ‘vexatious litigant’

Former Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer has been banned from launching civil proceedings in any court in NSW until further notice, after he was officially labeled a vexatious litigant.

In a decision and shadowed last week, Justice Geoff Lindsay imposed today vexatious litigant orders on Mehajer and stayed his latest multimillion-dollar lawsuit against former business associates.

Mehajer had tried to sue 17 defendants for $52 million over the fallout of a development project in Lidcombe which left him bankrupt.

The decision means the Western Sydney developer, or anyone working on his behalf, would need another court order to start any new civil proceedings.

Justice Lindsay wrote in a lengthy judgment published on May 27 that Mehajer had brought a series of cases in recent years which were either vexatious or had “harassed’ and annoyed his opponents.

Mehajer, 35, argues the orders should only report to the defendant in this case “instead of a broad order where I’m restricted entirely”.

“It just restricts me entirely if I was to make any future application. And it just creates a great burden on me,” he told the NSW Supreme Court.

“I think it’s an aberration.”

Justice Lindsay was unmoved and made the orders as he had intended.

A man flashes a bright smile wearing a blue suit
Salim Mehajer formerly served on Lidcombe Council.(Facebook)

Lawyers for the defendants asked for another order permanently banning Mehajer from restarting the lawsuit unless he filed a new statement of claim within eight weeks.

The bemused judge said that it wouldn’t be necessary, saying: “the whole proceedings are to be stayed.”

“It was my intention that the stay proposed… would really bring the proceedings to and end unless they are somehow reinvigorated.”

Mehajer was beamed into court from Cooma jail, where he is serving prison time for perverting the course of justice.

He has appealed against the sentence.

Mehajer has previously called on high-powered lawyers in his legal battles but represented himself today.

The current proceedings were a lawsuit against SC Lowy Primary Investments and 16 other defendants, claiming their conduct led to his bankruptcy.

His lawsuit stemmed from the Skypoint Towers residential project in Lidcombe.

Mehajer was previously the sole shareholder of the project’s former parent companies.

He is no longer associated with Skypoint.


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