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Public Interest Standing and the Bedford Case

According to law professor Jane Bailey, inaccessibility of justice is becoming an increasingly prevalent problem for middle-class Canadians. Exorbitant fees and lengthy timelines often act as barriers for many who may be interested in having their concerns formally heard and addressed through the legal system [1]. Judicial capacity to grant public interest standing, she argues, is […]


Juliana Ho
Juliana Ho is a 2nd year student at the University of Alberta Law School and is a volunteer with Pro Bono Students Canada. (2014)

Can Administrative Agencies Grant Common Law Public Interest Standing?

Whether administrative agencies can grant public interest standing the way that courts do is an unsettled question. This question usually arises at environmental agencies whose enabling legislation provides standing based on affected personal interests. Multiple court cases have found that specific agencies have “no jurisdiction” to grant a discretionary form of standing, but these cases […]


Adam Driedzic
Adam Driedzic is a Staff Counsel at the Environmental Law Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.

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