Judicial Review

Judicial Review is a method by which decisions of public / governmental bodies (e.g. local councils and statutory bodies such as the Environment Agency) are challenged before the courts. It takes place in the Administrative Court, a branch of the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court.

Judicial Review is not a method of appeal as such, but rather a way in which the legality of the decision is investigated by the court, perhaps because the decision is contrary to the governing statute, or a material consideration should but has not been taken into account. 

A Judicial Review challenge would also cover procedural irregularities, where for example a decision has been arrived at unfairly through a breach in the rules of natural justice. 

St. Joseph Chambers can assist you at all stages of the Judicial Review process; from advising on whether grounds for a successful challenge exist, drafting the necessary claim for permission to bring judicial review proceedings and presenting the case at court. 

It is important to note that the time for challenging decisions by way of Judicial Review is time limited. This is normally three months from when the complaint arose, although the court may decide to permit a claim made beyond that period. 

There are a wide range of decisions that may fall within the scope of Judicial Review. Examples include (but are not limited to) decisions taken by a local authority in respect of the care and accommodation of vulnerable people, and the provision of education to children. 

If you are unhappy with the decision of a public body then contact St. Joseph Chambers today for expert advice and assistance.