Further down the slippery slope: the government’s response to consultees on further judicial review reform
‘I believe in protecting judicial review as a check on unlawful executive action, but I am equally clear that it should not be abused, to act as a brake on growth.’
The Lord Chancellor’s opening statement in his foreword to the government’s response following its consultation on further judicial review reform (published on 5 February) is an interesting one, not least because the emphasis in the rest of that document is firmly on the second, rather than the first, sentiment expressed.
While the government’s first consultation on judicial review reform, published in December 2012, attracted around 250 respondents, this second consultation received 325 responses from a variety of organisations and individuals. This may indicate that, proceeding in parallel to swingeing cuts to legal aid, the government’s ongoing programme of changes to the judicial review process is causing growing concern, despite the Lord Chancellor’s half-hearted attempts at reassuring us that he wishes to defend judicial review’s important constitutional role…
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