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The court can hear a request from any person (not being a party) that they be allowed to file evidence or be heard at the judicial review hearing (r 54.17). This would particularly apply to special interest groups, such as Amnesty International, Greenpeace or Friends of the Earth, who may have an interest in the proceedings. This is in stark contrast to claims under the European Convention on Human Rights, where the only participants can be the ‘victim’ and the alleged wrongdoer.4