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In the context of judicial review, an interested party is 'any person (other than the claimant and defendant) who is directly affected by the claim'.
A person will be 'directly affected' if they are affected by the grant of a remedy in the proceedings. Public interest groups may be treated as interested parties, even though it may not be immediately obvious that they are directly affected. For example, in Muldoon a local housing authority's decision not to pay a housing benefit was challenged. The Secretary of State was indirectly affected in that he would have been liable to pay the majority of the benefit had the decision been quashed, but he was not directly affected by the grant of a remedy.
are parties to proceedings and can participate fully in judicial review proceedings
should be copied on any pre-action correspondence
are entitled to copies of all papers lodged at court
may, subject to any conditions imposed by the court under its case management powers, participate in proceedings by making submissions and filing evidence
are able to appeal a judgment or order, even where the claimant and defendant do not wish to do so
Although interested parties are parties to proceedings, their participation may be limited. Interested parties are:
only permitted to make submissions in respect of the main
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