Restrictions on Judicial Reviews: House of Lords slams down the proposal

House of Lords have voted down government’s plans to limit the ability of individuals and organisations to challenge public decisions in the courts.

Government’s reforms were comprehensively defeated by the Lords. An amendment rejecting the changes to judicial review was supported by 247 votes to 181 – a majority of 66.

Earlier on, lawyers and civil society voiced their concerns against Justice Secretary’s plan to restrict the rights of Judicial reviews, urging the peers to reject government’s proposals.

The Law society, the Bar Council and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) in England and Wales also opposed the changes.

The justice secretary, Chris Grayling, tried to justify the restrictions saying that the process of judicial reviews have been exploited to frustrate government initiatives times and again using delaying tactics.

Responding to the government’s defeat, Sadiq Khan, the shadow justice secretary said: “If these plans had gone through it would have been a recipe for bad decision making allowing governments and ministers to get away with pushing through actions that were potentially unlawful.”

Lord Woolf, a former lord chief justice, said that government cannot dictate judges what they have to do.

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