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Judicial reviews: some hits but one big miss

Chris Grayling has published ‘round two’ of the judicial review curbs.

25 February 2014

Those of us who regularly handle judicial review cases will all too well the sense of doom that these new changes bring with them. After all, it was less than a year ago that Grayling announced his first series of measures to cut down the number of judicial reviews being lodged, which included greatly increased court fees and tighter time limits for lodging applications./p>

This time publicly funded clients (and their legal teams) will take a battering as among this new wave of measures is the decision to limit legal aid to cases granted permission by the court – although the Legal Aid Agency will have discretion to pay for ‘meritorious’ cases that fail to cross this hurdle.

This might as well be termed
a ‘no win, no fee’ ultimatum, with the probable outcome
being that all but a tiny handful of such cases will be undertaken by solicitors.

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