Update on MoJ's Judicial Review consultation

mojUpdate 01.11.13: We have now published our response to this consultation online, it can be accessed here.

The Ministry of Justice launched a consultation which proposes further changes to judicial review processes. The proposals include measures to "exclude persons who had only a political or theoretical interest, such as campaigning groups" from supporting judicial reviews.

Compact Voice has already expressed concern about the short eight week time frame for this consultation, and requested further information from MoJ about why it is necessary. MoJ replied to our query with the following statement:

"We want to engage as widely as possible during the consultation, but more effective use of judicial review is a key part of the Government’s programme to tackle public burdens, promote growth and stimulate economic recovery, so the Government is keen to move forward with any necessary reforms quickly".

Earlier consultations were also greeted with concern by Compact Voice and other groups.

MoJ has announced a number of measures to engage with stakeholders, stating:

"The measures aim to tackle the burden that the growth in unmeritorious judicial reviews has placed on stretched public services whilst protecting access to justice and the rule of law. Please encourage any interested individuals, groups or organisations in your area to contribute; the deadline for responses is midnight on 1 November 2013".

Further information is available on the Ministry of Justice website.

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