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New Administrative Court Judicial Review Guide 2023 published


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If you are involved in undertaking judicial review litigation, you’ll want to know that the Administrative Court Judicial Review Guide 2023 as been published. Miraculously, it is dated October 2023, so you really can get ahead of the curve on this one.

Why should you read it?

It covers all the stages of a claim for judicial review. Good practice is identified and pitfalls foreshadowed. It is required reading for all those who conduct judicial review cases (whether or not they are lawyers).

The Rt Hon Dame Victoria Sharp DBE, President of the King’s Bench Division

The Court has experienced problems. To name a few: applications claiming unnecessary urgency; over-long written arguments and bundles of documents; authorities and skeleton arguments being filed very late and in the wrong format. The Court has had occasion to restate the importance of considering carefully whether urgency is required … The Court has also emphasised the importance of concision in statements of case and skeleton arguments. On these and other topics, the Guide sets out in clear terms what is expected. Parties and/or their legal representatives may be subject to sanctions if they fail to comply.

The Honourable Mr Justice Swift, Judge in Charge of the Administrative Court; The Honourable Mr Justice Chamberlain, Royal Courts of Justice, July 2023

Also it is an Administrative Court guide there is a short section on immigration judicial review stuff at Annex 6 covering out of hours applications, jurisdiction and transfers.

Update: Gabriel Tan has done a super blog post over on the Administrative Court Blog looking at the major changes to this version of the guide compared to the last one.

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Colin Yeo

Immigration and asylum barrister, blogger, writer and consultant at Garden Court Chambers in London and founder of the Free Movement immigration law website.