Judicial Review

Judicial review is a means of challenging a decision or lack of action taken by a public body in lots of different circumstances. Judicial review proceedings will scrutinise whether or not the public body has acted in accordance with its wide ranging legal obligations when reaching its decision. If not, the Court will likely declare the decision to be invalid.

The grounds for bringing a judicial review claim can be very wide ranging but often seek to attack the process followed (or lack of one) in making the decision.

The types of public bodies whose decisions are open to challenge include:

  • government ministers and government departments
  • local authorities
  • local Health Boards and NHS bodies
  • chief constables and prison governors
  • maintained schools and school governing bodies
  • magistrates, coroners and county courts
  • quangos
  • regulatory and supervisory bodies
  • charity commission
  • some tribunals.

The time-frame within which judicial review proceedings must be started is very short. It is important that steps are taken very quickly from when the decision or action complained of took place and no later than 3 months.

What we can do for you

We act for individuals, pressure groups, unions, charities, and representative professional bodies. If you feel that a decision or lack of action taken by a public body was done in a way that is unfair, Capital Law will carry out a quick and no nonsense assessment of the merits of the claim to establish whether it is suitable for an application for judicial review.