After the Hammer: Six Years of Meads v Meads

42 Pages Posted: 30 May 2018 Last revised: 18 Jul 2019

Date Written: July 17, 2019


This article addresses the phenomenon of Organized Pseudolegal Commercial Arguments (OPCA) through a retrospective investigation of Meads v. Meads. The author begins by discussing whether Meads has met its objectives, and then proceeds with an analysis of the response to the Meads decision by various audiences, including courts, academics, the OPCA community, and the public. Then, the author examines Meads as a unique type of judgment that incorporates court knowledge as its foundation, allowing Meads, in part, to offer guidance to trial court judges. Finally, the author comments on the insight offered by Meads into the day-to-day realities faced by trial courts as they interact with selfrepresented individuals.

Keywords: Pseudolaw, Sovereign Citizen, Detaxer, Freeman on the Land, Freemen on the Land, OPCA

JEL Classification: K19, K39, K49

Suggested Citation

Netolitzky, Donald, After the Hammer: Six Years of Meads v Meads (July 17, 2019). 56:4 Alberta Law Review 1167. Available at SSRN:

Donald Netolitzky (Contact Author)

Alberta Court of Queen's Bench ( email )

1A Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 0R2

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