Public interest litigation is the use of the law to advance human rights and equality, or raise issues of broad public concern. It helps advance the cause of minority or disadvantaged groups or individuals. Public interest cases may arise from both public and private law matters.
The value of public interest litigation
Public interest litigation can:
Clarify the law.
Hold public bodies to account by ensuring that they make appropriate decisions, act fairly and transparently and within the remit of their powers.
Help develop the law by giving judges the opportunity to interpret legislation.
Give vulnerable people a voice by highlighting an important issue and providing a platform for advocating for their rights.
Raise awareness of important issues encouraging public debate and media coverage.