Judicial review: Judgment guidance


Judicial review

Judicial review is a type of court proceeding in which a judge reviews the lawfulness of a decision or action made by a public body.

In other words, judicial reviews are a challenge to the way in which a decision has been made, rather than the rights and wrongs of the conclusion reached.

It is not really concerned with the conclusions of that process and whether those were ‘right’, as long as the right procedures have been followed. The court will not substitute what it thinks is the ‘correct’ decision.

This may mean that the public body will be able to make the same decision again, so long as it does so in a lawful way.

If you want to argue that a decision was incorrect, judicial review may not be best for you. There are alternative remedies, such as appealing against the decision to a higher court.

Examples of the types of decision which may fall within the range of judicial review include:

a Decisions of local authorities in the exercise of their duties to provide various welfare benefits and special education for children in need of such education;
b Certain decisions of the immigration authorities and Immigration Appellate Authority;
c Decisions of regulatory bodies;
d Decisions relating to prisoner’s rights.


Her Majesty’s Court Service: Guidance notes on applying for judicial review

Administrative Court Guidance
Notes for guidance on applying for judicial review

January 2005

1 Introduction
2 What is Judicial Review?
3 What is the Pre-action protocol?
4 Where should I commence proceedings?
5 When should I lodge my application?
6 Fees
7 How do I apply for Judicial Review?
8 What do I do if my application is urgent?
9 Acknowledgements of Service
10 What happens if my application for permission is refused?
11 What happens if my application for permission is granted?
12 What happens when my case is ready for hearing?
13 What if I need to make an application for further orders after the grant of permission?
14 Can my application be determined without the need for a hearing?
15 What if the proceedings settle by consent prior to the hearing of my application?
16 What if I want to discontinue the proceedings at any stage?
17 Will I be responsible for costs?
18 What can I do if I am unhappy with the Judge’s decision?
19 Where can I get advice about procedural matters?

Read sections 1 – 19 here


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