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Supreme Court clears the way for cheaper environmental litigation

The Supreme Court has cleared the way for the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to cut the cost of environmental actions by claimants.

The court was ruling today in a complex costs dispute, which centred on the UK's need to comply with the Aarhus Convention of 1998. Article 9 of the convention states that environmental litigation in Europe must not be "prohibitively expensive".

ECJ ramps up pressure on government over costs in environmental cases

The financial means of people bringing environmental legal proceedings should not be the sole criterion when deciding whether the litigation is prohibitively expensive within the meaning of international law, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled last week.

Campaigners have hailed the decision as helping to ensure that people can challenge decisions without facing huge costs.

Both EU law and the Aarhus Convention oblige member states and contracting parties respectively to ensure that environmental legal proceedings are "not prohibitively expensive".

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