The Bingham Centre responds to Judicial Review and Legal Aid consultations
The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law responded on 1 November to two government consultations, "Judicial Review: Proposals for Further Reform" and "Transforming Legal Aid: Next Steps."
The Centre is critical of the proposed amendments to judicial review law regarding standing that would require a 'direct interest' and addresses the implications regarding accountability of government. The response also raises concerns about proposals relating to procedural defects and the rebalancing of financial incentives.
In its Legal Aid response (which is also a supplementary response on Judicial Review), the Centre examines the evidence for the government proposals under which legal aid would ordinarily only be paid for judicial review permission work if permission is granted.