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Judge warned RCMP about Vernon dentist's behaviour

Dr. Andrew Hockhold
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April 12, 2019 - 5:30 PM

VERNON - A Vernon dentist who spent 10 days in prison for contempt of court in a contentious divorce trial, so unnerved a judge with his behaviour, another judge reported it to the RCMP.

Andrew Nicholas Hokhold's latest legal challenge revealed that Justice Christopher Hinkson contacted the Vernon RCMP to say he was concerned for the safety of his colleague Justice Frank Cole who heard the divorce trial. While that could not be independently confirmed, it does appear the RCMP opened an investigation in December 2016.

The revelation came among a barrage of allegations Hokhold has levelled at three B.C. Supreme Court judges, the Attorney General of B.C. and the Attorney General of Canada in a legal suit filed in Vernon Feb. 26, 2019. After his trial and jail sentence, he wrote a 66-page letter to the Canadian Judicial Council about Justice Cole. That letter was received by Justice Hinkson, who contacted the RCMP, according to Hokhold. Hokhold was in court this week attempting to justify his suit.

Hokhold is no stranger to the legal system having been labelled a "vexatious litigant" by a judge in 2017, and barred from taking further legal action against his former spouse. Hokhold has been involved in “high conflict” family litigation since 2009, largely surrounding child support payments and the custody arrangements of his children. He was sentenced to 10 days in prison in 2018 for contempt of court after he breached several court orders.

His latest legal suit makes numerous allegations about Justice Cole, Justice Patrice Abrioux and Justice Hinkson and names the Attorneys General of B.C. and Canada saying they are ultimately responsible for the conduct of judges.

None of the allegations are proven and arguments in court this week could stop the suit before it even begins. 

In response to Hokhold's legal action, the Attorney General of B.C. is seeking to have the dentist's vexatious litigant order extended so he will be barred from bringing any legal proceeding before the Supreme and Provincial court in B.C. without leave.

According to the documents, outside of his legal battles with his former partner, Hokhold has filed five other actions against the B.C. Supreme Court and others in the last three years. In one of these cases, Hokhold alleges the Canada Revenue Agency, the Minister of National Revenue and his former partner conspired to cause him economic harm.

This after investigators ordered a reassessment and repayment once they discovered an improper tax haven by funding a political party with dubious activities. 

The case is currently being heard at the Vernon courthouse.

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