05 May DPG Responds to Government’s Judicial Review Consultation
Deighton Pierce Glynn have responded to the government’s consultation on reforms to judicial review. The government’s proposed reforms would open the door to legislation removing the power of the courts to review the lawfulness of government action.
This power – of judicial review – has enabled our clients to be released from unlawful detention; to obtain investigations into the deaths of loved ones; to have their rights as Windrush citizens recognised; and to quash discriminatory government policies on accessing mainstream benefits, to give just a handful of examples. Judicial review is a longstanding and important part of our constitution.
We oppose most of the proposed reforms as unnecessary and lacking an evidential case. They raise troubling questions about the power of government to rewrite the rules of litigation to their own benefit.
Our response to the government can be found here.