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PLP briefs Parliamentarians and CSO’s on Judicial Review reforms

The Public Law Project has released briefing papers for parliamentarians and civil society organisations (CSO’s) on the judicial review reforms included in the Criminal Justice & Courts Bill currently being debated in Parliament. Judicial review is a vital tool to hold public bodies to account, and the effect of the Bill would serve to insulate unlawful executive action from judicial scrutiny.…

12 Mar 2014

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Invite to the next meeting of the Deaf & Disabled People’s Organisations (DDPO) Legal Network.

Topic: Inclusive Education: what will Children & Families Act and other educational reforms mean for inclusive education? How can we use the law and the UNCRPD to protect and promote inclusive education?

Speakers: David Wolfe: Barrister Matrix Chambers; Jane McConnell from IPSEA (tbc) & Simone Aspis Campaigns Officer at Alliance for Inclusive Education…

5 Mar 2014

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Government publishes ‘Judicial Review – proposals for further reform: the Government response’

The government has published both its response to the consultation, and the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, which intends to implement the response through legislation.…

5 Feb 2014

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Permission granted in residence test challenge.

PLP has been granted permission to challenge the introduction of the residence test for legal aid. The proposed test would exclude from entitlement to civil legal aid those people with strong cases but no money to pay for legal representation, who (a) are not lawfully resident in the UK and (b) have not been lawfully resident for 12 months.…

24 Jan 2014

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Court of Appeal rules that SIAC’s reliance on secret evidence in national security cases concerning EU citizens is unfair.

PLP’s client ZZ has won an appeal in the Court of Appeal and judgment was handed down today (24 January 2014). The Court of Appeal ruled that the Special Immigration Appeal Commission’s (SIAC) reliance on secret evidence, in cases concerning EU citizens who have exercised rights of free movement in the UK, in deciding whether an EU citizen poses a risk to national security, fails to comply with EU law and that as a bare minimum, the essence of the grounds of the national security case must always be disclosed to the EU citizen.…

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