ELC’s Judicial Review in Supreme Court


March 14, 2014

Victoria, BC The ELC was in the Supreme Court of British Columbia this week for our first ever Judicial Review. In a case considered a big win for access to justice, Executive Director Chris Tollefson argued this case over four days. He was assisted by an ELC team of students, staff and volunteers, who worked long hours to prepare the arguments, some of whom were in the courtroom. The case establishes a new, much more reasonable and achievable standard for securing citizen standing to challenge government pollution permitting decisions. The decision, which took the Justice almost 45 minutes to read into the record, will have broad implications for how tribunals must assess the rights of citizen and conservation groups to standing.

Read the Oral Reasons for Judgment of the Honourable Mr. Justice MacKenzie

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