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Access to Justice

​​Article 9 of the Convention requires that adequate review procedures are in place to safeguard the rights granted by the other pillars of the Convention and under national law.

A number of pieces of legislation were introduced to assist Ireland in meeting its obligations under this pillar including the Environment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011 , which required that Judicial Notice be taken of the Convention and also introduced new costs rules to apply in certain cases. 

In Ireland, the mechanism to challenge the substantive and procedural legality of a decision by a public body is through Judicial Review. Please click on the following link for more information on Judicial Review in Planning and Environmental matters.