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ACCC/C/2020/180 United Kingdom

Case status: In part summary proceedings applied by the Compliance Committee at its sixty-eighth meeting held from 23 to 27 November 2020 (see para. 66 of the Report of the Committee's sixty-eighth meeting); in part inadmissible.
Topics: Access to justice.
Articles alleged: 9 (2), 9 (4), 9 (5).
Articles considered by the Committee: - 
Articles, if any, found in non-compliance:
Summary: The communication was submitted to the Compliance Committee on 25 May 2020 by Mr. Gordon Duff, a member of the public. The communication alleged violations of article 9 (2), (4), and (5) of the Convention in connection with the rule in Northern Ireland that a private company must be represented by a solicitor in order to seek judicial review.

Document Status Date received or
posted by the secretariat
Annex 1: Court of Appeal dismissal of 22 January 2020
Annex 2: Transcript on leave to appeal of 7 June 2018
Annex 3: High Court dismissal of applications for judicial review of 6 March 2020
Annex 4: The Costs Protection (Aarhus Convention) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 and the Costs Protection (Aarhus Convention) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017
Annex 5: Communicant’s letter to court of 20 February 2020
From the communicant 25.05.2020
Comments on preliminary admissibility
Annex 1: Order 5 of the Rules of the Court of the Judicature
Annex 2: The Cost Protection (Aarhus Convention) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017
From the Party concerned 29.06.2020
Comments on the Party concerned’s comments on preliminary admissibility
Annex 1: Financial statements of Rural Integrity
From the communicant 30.06.2020
Email informing parties of the outcome of the Committee’s consideration of preliminary admissibility at its 67th meeting From the secretariat 04.08.2020
Letter to the communicant enclosing questions from the Committee regarding preliminary admissibility From the secretariat 11.11.2020
Update and response to the Committee’s questions
Annex 1: Order of the Court of Appeal of Northern Ireland dated 10.07.2020
From the communicant 20.11.2020
Submission From the communicant 25.11.2020