The government has recently announced that it is proposing changes to the current judicial review procedure. According to the Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, there has been a “huge surge” in judicial review applications in recent years, many of which are “weak or ill-founded”. The government therefore wishes to reduce the number of judicial review applications and weed out those which have no chance of success.

Of particular relevance to this blog is the proposal to reduce the time for filing a judicial review claim from three months to just six weeks after the date of the decision. This would match the time limit for challenges to the High Court pursuant to s288 Town and Country Planning Act 1990.The Government believes that this, along with the fact that the Court has existing powers to grant an extension where it is just and equitable to do so, will create the right balance between reducing the burdens on public services and protecting access to justice.

At present, a public engagement exercise is underway, and will be until 24 January - the responses to this will be considered before the next steps are decided upon.

So watch this space for further details and have a very happy new year!

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