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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