The ability of charities and not-for-profit organisations to challenge the decisions of public bodies may be curtailed further by proposed reforms to judicial review. The proposals follow changes implemented in July 2013, shortening time limits in some cases and restricting the right to an oral hearing.

This briefing looks at the latest proposals which include:

  • Making it easier for the Court to dismiss cases based on a procedural flaw;
  • Broadening the rights of public bodies to recover their costs against claimants and intervening parties, and reducing other costs protection available to claimants;
  • Limiting the availability of judicial review to parties with a "direct and tangible" interest.

changes to judicial review.pdf