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Category: Administrative Law

Administrative Law 1

The government’s power to terminate judicial review cases, the rule of law, and the limits of political constitutionalism

A Tunisian man, whose British wife and son live in the UK, is excluded from the country on national security grounds. He challenges that exclusion decision by way of judicial review, but the government “terminates” the proceedings. If that sounds like a Kafkaesque nightmare, then think again. Precisely that factual matrix was at stake in R (Ignaoua) v Secretary of […]

Administrative Law 9

Standing, judicial review and the rule of law: why we all have a “direct interest” in government according to law

According to reports in today’s Times (£) and Telegraph, the government is planning a further set of reforms to judicial review. (I have written before about why the original proposals, published in December 2012, were objectionable—and about the fact that the government pressed ahead with many, but not all, of them, excoriating criticism notwithstanding.) Today, it is said that the Ministry […]

Administrative Law 3

Jurisdictional error and the law/fact distinction: Jones (by Caldwell) v First-tier Tribunal [2013] UKSC 19

Earlier today, the Supreme Court gave judgment in Jones (by Caldwell) v First-tier Tribunal [2013] UKSC 19. It contains an interesting discussion of the distinction between errors of fact and of law, and, I think, provides a further insight (following its decision in R (Cart) v Upper Tribunal [2011] UKSC 28) into the Supreme Court’s approach to administrative law.