Judicial review of the closure of a library and swimming pool in Aberdeen has been sought. The action comes after Aberdeen City Council made an announcement in March over the closure of six libraries as part of the council's budget implementation.
The Joint Committee on Human Rights has called on the government to amend proposals in the Judicial Review and Courts Bill which could deny judicial remedies and remove a safeguard against flawed asylum decisions. The bill proposes changes to the courts’ power to make ‘quashing orders&rs
The UK government has proposed a bill that would function as a vehicle for changing the law around judicial reviews when it dislikes the findings of judges. The Interpretation Bill, devised by Attorney General Suella Braverman QC and Justice Secretary Dominic Raab, is preferred by Downing Street and
David Davis MP has pledged to lead a rebellion against the government’s proposed changes to judicial review, branding them an assault on the legal system. Before the first test of the Judicial Review and Courts Bill in the Commons today, Mr Davis wrote in an article for The Guardian that the p
A new UK government bill intended to give judges more power in judicial review cases has been introduced at Westminster. The legislation will allow judges to modify quashing orders by introducing two changes, to be used at the discretion of individual judges:
The supreme authority in the United Kingdom is the rule of law and its application is administered through a balance of the three branches of government and not through attempts by one branch to curb or blunt the role of the others. This was the view of the Faculty of Advocates in its submission to
Four out of five last-minute legal claims brought by illegal immigrants in an attempt to avoid deportation are eventually rejected, according to the Home Office. An analysis of people detained since 2017 has found more than 70 per cent made new claims or legal appeals days before they were due to be
Judicial reviews sought by the Good Law Project have proceeded to the next stage. The High Court allowed two separate claims to proceed. One concerns the UK government's transparency obligations and the other a challenge, made with EveryDoctor, against the government's decision to award contracts to
An "erosion" of the judicial review court process would have a "particularly stark impact" in Northern Ireland, lawyers have warned. In its submission to the Independent Review of Administrative Law (IRAL), set up by the UK government and led by Lord Faulks QC, the Law Society of Northern Ireland sa
Possible diluting of the judicial review court process, by which a check can be kept on the legality of government decision-making, has been condemned by the Faculty of Advocates. In evidence to a review of the procedure, the Faculty described as “chilling” any suggestion that some decis
A former Conservative minister is to lead an investigation into the scope of judicial review. Lord Faulks has been appointed to head the panel, which also includes Dundee University's Professor Alan Page, Vikram Sachdeva QC, Professor Carol Harlow, an honorary QC, of the LSE, and Celina Colquho
The test for standing in judicial review cases brought on ECHR grounds should be that of 'sufficient interest', a new briefing by the Human Rights Consortium Scotland argues. Chris McCorkindale and Douglas Jack from Strathclyde University were commissioned by the consortium to produce a researc
Terra Firma's new call Jon Kiddie reviews a much needed day-to-day practical book on judicial review. Published at the very end of 2019, this is an excellent book, and worthy of recommendation to a broad range of readers: law students, solicitors, solicitor advocates, and counsel — whether the
Judges will be kept out of politics under plans to reform judicial review, the Lord Chancellor has said. Robert Buckland QC MP said the judiciary needed protection after a series of cases saw political decision-making “contracted out” to judges whose independence ought to be preserved.
The Scottish government has admitted it failed to follow the correct procedures in an investigation into Alex Salmond over allegations of sexual harassment and has had its findings struck down by Lord Pentland in the Court of Session. The former first minister crowdfunded £100,000 for his case