What is a Judicial Review?
When a public body has acted unlawfully, judicial review is the main remedy to hold them to account and determine that their decisions have been made fairly and only using the powers that they have for their proper purposes.
Judicial Review applications are made to the High Court to challenge an unlawful, unreasonable and irrational decision of a public body. The Judicial Review claim must be made as soon as possible and certainly within 3 months of the decision under challenge.
Public bodies must not breach laws make to protect an individual’s fundamental rights and interests, such as the Human Rights and Data Protection Acts 1998, the Equality Act 2010 and EU law. These laws exist to ensure that individuals are treated with dignity, basic freedoms are not abused, personal information is not misused and that characteristics that are central to an individual’s identity, such as race, gender, sexuality, faith, and disability, are respected and do not lead to unfair treatment.
Judicial review can lead to bad decisions being overturned and to new rulings on the legality of policies, rules and procedures, and our judicial review solicitors regularly act for individuals, organisations, and charities who seek to challenge a decision where a public body has failed to act within its legal obligations.
We regularly act in judicial review cases in areas including:
- Environmental and planning law
- Civil liberties
- Health and social care
- Commercial and procurement
- Regulatory and professional discipline
The judicial review process can be long and complex to navigate, and is restricted by tight time constraints set by the court. To give your judicial review claim the best chance of success, it is important to get legal representation as soon as possible.
Make a judicial review claim
At RKB Law, the promotion and protection of human rights and fighting inequality, injustice and discrimination is at the core of what we do. Our judicial review solicitors represent individuals in claims for judicial reviews against public authorities on a wide range of issues, using our expertise in working for particularly vulnerable individuals and groups.
If you have been affected an unlawful decision by a public body, we may be able to help you challenge it by a making a judicial review claim. For further information or to speak to one of our Public law solicitors today please contact us on 01622 356 911 or fill in our enquiry form.