Public interest standing

2 definitions found for this term.
Definitions are presented in the order source books were published (most recent first).


Standing granted to litigants by the court as a matter of discretion, in instances where they might not meet strict entitlement but a serious matter is raised.

Standing accorded by the courts as a matter of discretion to persons and groups who do not meet the normal common law standing requirement of being directly affected by the matters in issue. The courts allow this when the public interest dictates that a possible illegality not go unchallenged.

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