The paper identifies five barriers:
- Poor access to information about court cases
- Limitations to who can take a case to court (‘standing’ issues)
- Short time-limits for taking cases
- Inhibitive costs and financial risk
- Limited culture of using PIL
It also suggests actions for policy-makers, NGO leaders and funders which could enable more organisations to engage in legal proceedings in the interests of the people they represent.
Other contributors to this paper include: Human Rights Consortium Scotland, Rape Crisis Scotland, Shelter Scotland, Justright Scotland, Amnesty International and Friends of the Earth Scotland.