British NGOs bid to cut costs of court action

UK environmental groups have proposed creating public interest "Århus certificates" to shield NGOs from potentially ruinous costs of pursuing environmental cases in the courts. The certificates would be a means of implementing the UN Århus convention requirement that citizens' access to justice on environmental matters should not be prohibitively expensive, the groups say. Courts would have powers to issue certificates in relevant "public interest" cases. The proposal is to be officially launched at a conference in London on Monday. See Coalition for access to justice for the environment briefing.

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