Constitutional Law

Lord Pannick on judicial review

The House of Lords returned again yesterday to the implications for judicial review of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill. (I have written about the Bill in several previous posts, the most recent of which can be found here.) The speech made by Lord Pannick in yesterday’s House of Lords debate sets out in emphatic and compelling terms why judicial review […]

Administrative Law 3

From bad to worse: The Justice Secretary on judicial review

I have written on several previous occasions — most recently in this post — about the Government’s attempts to restrict access to judicial review through the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill and, in particular, about the attempts of the Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling MP, to justify the Government’s position. As part of ongoing legislative ping-pong between the House of Commons […]

Constitutional Law 1

What a (for now failed) attempt to curb judicial review tells us about the UK’s constitution

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been teaching new Constitutional Law students in Cambridge about the fundamental, architectural aspects of the UK constitution, including the rule of law, the separation of powers and the sovereignty of Parliament. The House of Lords’ rejection earlier this week of parts of a Government Bill that aimed restrict the availability of judicial […]