Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Collusion Definition:

A secret agreement between two or more persons, who seem to have conflicting interests, to abuse the law or the legal system, deceive a court or to defraud a third party.

For example, if husband and wife agree to lie about the duration of their separation in order to secure a divorce.

In Scott v Scott:

"Collusion may be defined as an improper act done, or an improper refraining from doing an act, for a dishonest purpose."

In Ropal Bank, Justice Meredith adopted these words to define collusion:

"... a deceitful agreement or compact between two or more persons to do some act in order to prejudice a third person".

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