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Your first port of call in all matters concerning judicial review applications

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Judicial Review

A Practical Guide


A handbook which aims to be a first port of call in all matters concerning judicial review applications, whether in civil or criminal proceedings.

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From initial instructions to appeals and costs, the authors guide the reader through each step of the court process, and provide extensive case examples drawn from a broad range of claims. This readable and concise work includes procedural checklists and a library of precedents.

This new edition has been significantly amended to take account of developments in law and practice, including:

• Changes introduced by the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015;
• The new Administrative Court Judicial Review Guide 2017;
• Development of the Unified Tribunal system with transfers of judicial reviews;
• Increasing understanding of the impact of the Human Rights Act;
• Limitations upon judicial review in the context of immigration;
• Ongoing case-law developments;
• Changes to Appeals (CPR Pt 52);
• Developments in costs and funding.

This readable and concise work includes procedural checklists and a library of precedents, together with all the main legislative and judicial materials.


Solicitors and barristers practising in all areas affected by judicial review.

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Table of Cases
  • Table of Statutes
  • Table of Statutory Instruments
  • Table of European and International Material
  • Part I - Law and Practice
    • The Scope of the High Court’s Jurisdiction to Consider Claims for
      Judicial Review
    • Grounds of Challenge in Judicial Review Claims
    • Matters to be Considered Before Applying for Judicial Review
    • Steps to be Taken Before Applying for Judicial Review
    • Procedure for Bringing a Claim for Judicial Review in the High Court
    • Jurisdiction of the Upper Tribunal to Consider Judicial Review
    • Orders for Interim Relief available from the Administrative Court
      During a Judicial Review Claim
    • Relief Available at the End of Judicial Review Proceedings
    • Appeal Procedure
    • Costs
  • Part II - Procedural Checklist
  • Part III - Forms and Precedents
  • Part IV - Legislation, Guidance and Protocol
  • Index

Reviews of the previous editions

"this reliable, concise and readable work of reference contains extensive tables of cases, statutes, statutory instruments and European and international material, plus a 17 page index at the back"
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Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

"Criminal Lawyers huff and puff a lot about the judicial review, but often take their frustrations no further due to a lack of understanding of the remedies and the scope of this specialist jurisdiction. Once again this is a general tect explaining with great clarity the procedural processes that must be gone through. The books greatest strength though it that whilst the text is academically rigorous, the intention was clearly to produce a book that will practically assist the non-specialist in this field - the authors have succeeded and this should be first port of call for all thoses considerinng this route of challenge. Highly recommended."
Andrew Keogh
   Crimeline Updater

Foreword to the previous edition

In the last half-century or so judicial review of governmental acts and omissions has come from almost nowhere – it didn’t even feature in the Bar examinations in the 1960s – to centre-stage in both legal theory and legal practice.

 There is a corresponding wealth of books on the doctrines of modern public law; but there remains surprisingly little in the way of practice books. Part of the reason is that this is a field in which practice and theory are almost inseparable. What kind of official or body, for example, is open to judicial review? Where is the interface between policy guidance and individual decision-making? Can a policy be attacked for stultifying decisions? Can a decision be attacked for conforming – or for not conforming – to a policy?

 For public administrators and their lawyers the problems are migrainous. For their challengers the possibilities are numerous, but the constraints and obstacles are both real and necessary. Behind the rules and principles lies a network of legal controls, most but not all put in place by the judges. Time limits are very tight; disclosure is not merely a litigant’s obligation but a public duty; remedies are discretionary.

 There is in addition a unique relationship between the parties, one of which is always, in one guise or another, the state. It is a fundamental principle of the common law that the state comes before the courts on an equal footing with the individual. But this is not the whole story, for in public law litigation the state’s object is not, or not necessarily, to win the particular case: it is to ensure that the law is correctly understood and developed. One of the striking features of my 25 years of public law litigation at the Bar was the preparedness of the successive Treasury Devils (from Nigel Bridge to John Laws) to forgo points which might win their case but would distort the law or retard its development. Another was their abstention from taking technical objections – for instance to the introduction of late arguments – unless these placed them in genuine difficulties: once again the object was to get the law straight, not necessarily to win the case.

 One consequence of this forensic culture has been, I think, a more principled and less uneven development of modern public law than would otherwise have been the case. That is not to say that there are not anomalies and difficulties; but they tend to arise from the merits of individual cases less often than in some other fields of law. At the same time, public law has attempted – for example in developing the principles of legitimate expectation – to bring law more closely into line with justice. Thus fairness and proportionality tend now to be invoked where quasi-judicial decisions and rationality were once argued.

 But it’s no use having a good case if your tackle is not in order. The practicalities of judicial review may at times resemble an assault course, but they are logical and, in general, necessary. They are also interwoven with law. In Judicial Review: A Practical Guide practitioners on both sides of the fence (as well as the growing band of litigants in person) will find what they need to get their show on the road and to keep it running.

Stephen Sedley,
   The Rt Hon Sir Stephen Sedley
   March 2012

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