The Ministry of Justice consultation paper on judicial review – proposals for further reform

5th November 2013

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, and the Government is keen to move forward with any necessary reforms quickly. The deadline for responses is midnight on the 1 November 2013.

The MoJ wants to engage as widely as possible during the consultation, and would welcome your responses to the consultation which you can give online at the above link, or by email to

The consultation seeks views in a number of areas:

  • the scope to improve planning, infrastructure and related proceedings through the creation of a Specialist Planning Chamber;
  • the question of standing, (who is entitled to apply for judicial review);
  • how the courts deal with minor procedural defects;
  • use of judicial review to resolve disputes on the public sector equality duty;
  • whether the current arrangements for costs provide the right financial incentives, including legal aid; and
  • the scope for making greater use of “leapfrogging” orders, so that appropriate cases can move quickly to the Supreme Court.

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