Rene Joly

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Joly v. Pelletier et al.
Court Ontario Superior Court of Justice
Full case name Rene Joly v. Pelletier and others, [1999] O.J. No. 1728 [QL], 1999 CarswellOnt 1587, 1999 WL 33187845 (Carswell) (Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Court File Nos. 99-CV-166273 and 99-CV-167339, May 16, 1999)
Decided May 16, 1999 (1999-05-16)
Court membership
Judge sitting Gloria Epstein[1]
Keywords
identity, Martians

Rene Joly set legal precedent on May 16, 1999, when a Canadian judge ruled that due to his alleged status as an extraterrestrial, he had no legal standing to present his lawsuit.[2]

Lawsuits[edit]

Rulings[edit]

Joly's filed suit against the Canadian Government (specifically Art Eggleton), Citibank, Shoppers Drug Mart and many others. Joly even formally submitted a "well prepared, thoughtful" argument that his DNA tests, which would prove he was not human, had been falsified. Supposedly, he was cloned from debris found on Mars by NASA in the 1960s.[3] Judge Epstein found no reason for Joly not to stand trial or to represent himself:

I made the observation that in every respect Mr. Joly properly conducted himself before the Court. He presented himself as polite, articulate, intelligent and appeared to understand completely the issues before the Court and the consequences should I grant the relief sought.

Thus, Judge Epstein proceeded with the case, and following a motion filed by the defense, dismissed the case as frivolous and vexatious, explaining:

Rule 1.03 defines plaintiff as "a person who commences an action". The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary defines person as "an individual human being". Section 29 of the Interpretation Act provides that a person includes a corporation. It follows that if the plaintiff is not a person in that he is neither a human being nor a corporation, he cannot be a plaintiff as contemplated by the Rules of Civil Procedure. The entire basis of Mr. Joly's actions is that he is a martian, not a human being. There is certainly no suggestion that he is a corporation. I conclude therefore, that Mr. Joly, on his pleading as drafted, has no status before the Court.

References[edit]

  1. ^ McLaughlin, Gord (May 18, 1999). "Man claiming to be Martian too convincing for own good". National Post (TORONTO). Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Joly v. Pelletier et al. (Ontario Superior Court May 16, 1999). Text
  3. ^ Wallechinsky, David (2005). "11 Unusual lawsuits (#9)". The Book of Lists, the Canadian Edition. Toronto: Knopf Canada. p. 235. ISBN 0-676-97720-0. 

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