As the Judicial Review and Courts Bill goes to report stage in the House of Commons, we set out two key ways the Bill can be made fairer so people who are treated unlawfully can hold government to account.

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PLP is concerned that proposed amendments to the Judicial Review and Courts Bill will tie the hands of the judiciary and leave vulnerable individuals without effective legal remedies when public bodies, including governments, act unlawfully.

Among the proposals PLP is particularly concerned with are:

  • The weakening of quashing orders  obtained through judicial review that gives effective redress to victims of unreasonable and unlawful decision-making (Clause 1)
  • Provisions that seek to abolish an important judicial check against errors made in the tribunals system (Clause 2)

PLP supports the following amendments to the Bill:

  • Clause 1: Remove the presumption in favour of suspended and prospective only quashing orders, and make clear that these modified remedies should be restricted to exceptional cases.
  • Clause 2: Remove this clause from the Bill and preserve ‘Cart’ judicial reviews

Judicial Review is a legal process that exists to ensure public authority decisions are made within the law and do not discriminate unlawfully against disadvantaged or marginalised groups – learn more.

Want to read more from our work on the Judicial Review and Courts Bill?

Take a look at our briefing on access to justice in the online courts.

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