Abuse of process

The use of civil process in furtherance of an improper motive.

State conduct in the investigation of an offence or the conduct of a prosecution that either compromises the fairness of trial or contravenes fundamental notions of justice and undermines the integrity of the judicial process. In the clearest of cases an abuse of process can lead to the remedy of a stay of proceedings, but only if there is no alternative remedy capable of redressing the prejudice.