Secrecy and poor data have no place in constitutional reform

Following Lord Faulks’ evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights on 16 June, PLP Director Jo Hickman has said that the Government’s current approach is making it harder for the public to engage with its plans for constitutional reform. Jo Hickman, Director of the Public Law Project said: “In the light of Lord Faulks’…

Government judicial review numbers are wrong: Stats regulator concurs

If figures we can see are wrong, what about the figures we can’t see? In response to a request from the Public Law Project (PLP), the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) has investigated ‘misleading’ judicial review data that was quoted by the Lord Chancellor in Parliament and promoted by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to…

DWP changes guidance on recovering hardship payment debt

Following a judicial review claim lodged by PLP, the Department of Work and Pensions has agreed to waive debt accrued by PLP’s client, a Universal Credit claimant who was forced to claim hardship payments to cover essential needs after she was unfairly sanctioned for over a year and a half.  Read PLP’s note advisers, 3 June 2021 The…

Digital justice: digital exclusion

Read the latest article published in LAG by Jo Hynes. Digital justice systems bring the promise of efficiency and convenience. Along with it comes the risk of reducing access for the digitally excluded. As the HMCTS ‘digital by default’ reforms roll on, this challenge is being addressed through a service called Digital Support, which has…

Advances in EU Settlement Scheme guidance and policy

Significant positive developments secured despite the Court refusing to consider three EUSS judicial review challenges in advance of the 30 June 2021 cut-off date 19 May 2021 Unfair aspects of the EUSS Since the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) was launched into 2019, Public Law Project (PLP) has been closely monitoring its roll out and operation.…

New Plan for Immigration: PLP consultation response

Public Law Project has submitted its response to the Government’s consultation on the New Plan for Immigration. Read PLP’s consultation response. Our response outlines a number of unsatisfactory and disappointing features of the consultation: Not enough information has been given about the plans to engage properly with what has been proposed. The questionnaire provided for…

Judicial review reform: PLP’s consultation response

Public Law Project has submitted its response to the consultation, Judicial Review: Proposals for Reform. Read Public Law Project’s consultation response here. Our introduction to the consultation reminds policy-makers that judicial review exists to ensure fair and lawful public administration and promote high quality public decision-making. It ensures that the executive obeys the laws enacted…

Judicial Review reform: Bad data must not lead to weaker systems

PLP has today written to the Office for Statistics Regulation, urging them to examine the use of statistics in the ongoing judicial review reform process.   There have been multiple instances of flawed use of statistics in the process so far, perhaps most notability in relation to Cart judicial reviews. On the basis of an…

House of Lords Constitution Committee Report

Two weeks ago the Lords Constitution Committee published the first of three reports following its inquiry into the constitutional implications of COVID-19. This first report covers the impact of COVID-19 on the courts and cites written evidence submitted by Public Law Project.…

Analysis: Government must disclose its decision-making models

Writing in the Judicial Review journal, PLP researchers Jack Maxwell and Dr Joe Tomlinson say that courts are increasingly requiring government to disclose the mathematical and technical models it uses to make decisions.…

PLP contributes to Westminster Legal Policy Forum on Next Steps for Legal Aid

On 16th March 2021 the Westminster Policy Forum held a conference titled ‘Next steps for Legal Aid in England and Wales – funding, quality, access to justice and alternative sources of advice’. Dr Emma Marshall, Research Fellow at Public Law Project, attended as a keynote speaker.…

Update: PLP’s work on Civil Legal Aid Policy

This briefing provides an update to Public Law Project’s Policy work around Legal Aid, summarising our response to the Justice Select Committee’s ongoing inquiry into ‘The Future of Legal Aid’ and our letter to the Lord Chancellor concerning the need for urgent reform to the ECF scheme. PLP remains committed to Legal Aid as an…