Wild Justice wins permission for judicial review of Welsh General Licences

Some brilliant news!

Wild Justice has been granted permission for a judicial review of the Welsh General Licences.

This case has been on the go for some time, interrupted like everything else by Covid19, but is now back on track. For further details about what the legal challenge is all about please read the Wild Justice blog here.

The Honorable Mr Justice Griffiths, who granted permission for Wild Justice to proceed, didn’t agree with BASC that this case would “close down the countryside“, nor that it was “shameful” or “bully-boy tactics” to simply exercise a right to utilise an open, democratic process to challenge the lawfulness of a decision made by a public body, nor that it was a “vexatious legal attack” (see here).

Quite the contrary actually, as the Honorable Judge has agreed that Wild Justice’s legal challenge has sufficient significance and importance to warrant an expedited hearing. Excellent!

Unfortunately BASC won’t be able to participate in the legal proceedings. The Honourable Mr Justice Griffiths refused BASC’s application to join as an interested party, saying it was ‘neither necessary nor desirable‘.

Never mind. Perhaps BASC can include its exclusion as a ‘Key achievement in 2020’ just as it did when it lost its own application for judicial review back in 2018 (see here).

Still, plenty of time now for BASC to consider how to spend its much bragged-about ‘seven figure fighting fund’ which apparently was going to allow BASC to, er, ‘lead from the front’.

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9 thoughts on “Wild Justice wins permission for judicial review of Welsh General Licences”

  1. This is excellent news, and hopefully the aurthorities will impose meaningful restrictions on the grounds involved eg. closure if raptors found dead on their land, no excuses taken.

  2. Fantastic news, congratulations to all involved.

    Read something about the Government launching an independent panel to look at JR so given likely ‘chosen men’ it will find a way to curb of powers, reducing checks and balances with PM expecting response in five months ….

    Naively, evidence that we are a democracy gets less easy to find with the passing of time ….

  3. I love that the judge put BASC in its place! Their arrogance and entitlement has been shown up for the worthless self-aggrandisement that it is.

    1. Yes, I followed the link to their website to read their comments and thought I’d read a few more while I was there. Goodness me… I didn’t realise it was possible to be pompous, shrill and desperate all at the same time! I’m fascinated by their use of the word ‘lawfare’ as though use of the justice system is so underhand as to be against the Geneva Convention. Like they don’t use the law when it suits them…

  4. This is welcome news but let’s not get carried away…….

    ‘Judicial review is a type of court proceeding in which a judge reviews the lawfulness of a decision or action made by a public body.

    In other words, judicial reviews are a challenge to the way in which a decision has been made, rather than the rights and wrongs of the conclusion reached.

    It is not really concerned with the conclusions of that process and whether those were ‘right’, as long as the right procedures have been followed. The court will not substitute what it thinks is the ‘correct’ decision.

    This may mean that the public body will be able to make the same decision again, so long as it does so in a lawful way.’

    1. This is entirely correct, however, win or lose, these cases shed light on issues and gain a lot of public attention. Often they can cause a change of policy even if the case is inconclusive or lost as some other legal weakness is revealed during the court case. Step one has been achieved; there’s a lot of publicity and the shooting lobby are losing their ‘excreta’ over it…

  5. So what with my earlier comment and Andrew’s timely reminder we’ve still a long way to go:( But let’s enjoy this victory for now as we all know it will seriously annoy the spin bowlers and pretend conservationists.

  6. As an eternal optimist [no, really!] I look at actions such as this and think of the number of lawyers who see this kind of procedure and think about the wildlife issues for the first time – some of them may be converted to our cause through that..and help prosecute future cases.

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