Great Britain

The Public Law Project has published a manual with information and advice on third party intervention which you can find here.

British law allows associations and individual persons to submit legal pleadings (amicus curiae) at the various legal levels. These offer legal analyzes and assessments from third parties. In Great Britain, this is called "third party intervention". Compared to Germany, this option is only a subcomponent of the right of an association to file a complaint. The "third party intervention" focuses on the legal analysis and not on the support of the plaintiff.

The "third party intervention" has been a legal component since the late 1990s and is increasingly used by NGOs and companies, in cases where the rights of the general public have been violated. It is possible in all legal areas.

In court proceedings, all persons and associations can request permission to submit a "third party intervention". For this purpose, an application letter must be submitted to the respective court. The request will be reviewed and it shall be determined to what extent and why the applicant wishes to participate in the hearing.

For a "third party intervention" a fee of £ 200 to £ 500 is charged. This fee sometimes constitutes a barrier to NGO participation.

Although there are no formal requirements, the applicant for the "third party intervention" should seek approval from the complaining party. Without such consent, the court may refuse contribution.

Similar forms of "third party intervention" are also practiced in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

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