Trouble out west – NearlyLegal

Posted July 21st, 2014 in homelessness, judicial review, local government, news, planning, repossession by sally

‘In O’Brien v Bristol CC [2014] EWHC 2423 (Admin) [heard at the RCJ instead of in the Bristol admin court? Not on Bailii yet but we have seen a transcript], a range of issues arose out of the council’s decision to seek and obtain a possession order of an unauthorised encampment below the M5 at Avonmouth. The real aim of this judicial review, though, was not the possession order, but the council’s decision not to allow the O’Brien’s and their four caravans to return to the temporary transit site, which had available pitches. The O’Briens had stayed at that temporary site for the allowable period (13 weeks) and had been entitled to overstay on the ground of exceptional circumstances for a period. They then moved off and ended up at the M5 site. The O’Briens had also made a homelessness application and been offered interim bricks and mortar accommodation. The council’s officer had considered whether to allow the O’Briens back on to the transit site but decided against it for what would have been an indefinite period and which would have set a precedent for allowing extended stays in breach of planning controls. The O’Briens’ were unsuccessful on the merits although Burnett J did give permission to bring the judicial review’

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NearlyLegal, 19th July 2014

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Regina (Afzaal) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

Posted July 18th, 2014 in education, immigration, judicial review, law reports, visas by tracey

Regina (Afzaal) v Secretary of State for the Home Department; [2014] EWHC 2215 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 313

‘Immigration rules, made pursuant to section 3(2) of the Immigration Act 1971, specified the conditions to be attached in the case of a student clearance visa and no further administrative action to impose a condition was required. The description of the relevant entry clearance as a tier 4 general student clearance followed by the reference number of the sponsor body, and its repetition in conjunction with the other obligatory conditions, was sufficient endorsement of the condition for the purposes of the Immigration (Leave to Enter and Remain) Order 2000.’

WLR Daily, 9th July 2014

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Local Authority Focus – July 2014 – Family Law Week

Posted July 18th, 2014 in care orders, costs, equality, fostering, judicial review, local government, news by tracey

‘Sally Gore, barrister, of Fenners Chambers considers recent case law and other developments of particular significance to local authorities.’

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Family Law week, 17th July 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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Regina (Detention Action) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Equality and Human Rights Commission intervening) – WLR Daily

Regina (Detention Action) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Equality and Human Rights Commission intervening); [2014] EWHC 2245 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 310

‘The Detained Fast Track policy, operated by the Secretary of State, for the detention of some asylum seekers while their asylum claims were being determined was not unlawful in its terms.’

WLR Daily, 9th July 2014

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Regina (Flatley) v Hywel Dda University Local Health Board; Regina (Flatley) v Welsh Ministers; Regina (Dinghy) v Welsh Ministers – WLR Daily

Regina (Flatley) v Hywel Dda University Local Health Board;  Regina (Flatley) v Welsh Ministers; Regina (Dinghy) v Welsh Ministers; [2014] EWHC 2258 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 311

‘The function of the minister following a referral by a community health council under regulation 27(9) of the Community Health Councils (Constitution, Membership and Procedures) (Wales) Regulations 2010 was to reach a final decision on a proposal put forward by a local health board. That function was directed at the outcome, there was no requirement for the minister to review the process, including any consultation, leading to the proposal, although the minister had a discretion to consider the circumstances of the process in reaching a decision on the proposal overall.’

WLR Daily, 10th July 2014

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Ethiopian man takes UK to court over resettlement policy – BBC News

Posted July 15th, 2014 in government departments, human rights, judicial review, news by tracey

‘A legal battle has been launched by an Ethiopian citizen who claims the UK has helped to fund a “brutal” resettlement programme in his country. The man, who can only be referred to as “O”, won permission to seek a judicial review at London’s High Court. He wants a ruling that the UK acted unlawfully by providing aid to Ethiopia without assessing its human rights record.’

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BBC News, 14th July 2014

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Judge dismisses legal challenge over Hywel Dda’s NHS shake-up plans – BBC News

Posted July 11th, 2014 in health, hospitals, judicial review, news, Wales by sally

‘Campaigners against planned changes to hospital services in west Wales have lost three High Court judicial reviews into the legality of the shake-up.’

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BBC News, 10th July 2014

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New judicial review test “risks undermining rule of law”, peers warn – Litigation Futures

Posted July 7th, 2014 in bills, budgets, costs, judges, judicial review, legal aid, news, rule of law by sally

‘The government’s plan to introduce a stricter test on judicial review outcomes “risks undermining the rule of law”, the House of Lords constitution committee has warned.’

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Litigation Futures, 7th July 2014

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The issue of assisted suicide – are changes on the horizon? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘The Supreme Court considered two appeals together, concerning three appellants who had suffered from permanent and catastrophic physical disabilities and wished to die at the time of their choosing. However, they were not physically capable of ending their own life unaided. The court considered, among other things, whether the Suicide Act 1961, s 2 infringed the appellants’ rights under the European Convention on Human Rights, art 8 (ECHR).’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 7th July 2014

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You cannot be serious! Peers call ‘out’ on Government’s judicial review reforms – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Last night saw the House of Lords’ first reaction to the Government’s proposed changes to judicial review as the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill had its second reading. Already dissected at some length in this blog, the proposals have been roundly criticised by both the senior judiciary and the Joint Committee on Human Rights. Consultations responses, including from JUSTICE, expressed concern that the measures appear, by design or coincidence, to undermine the rule of law, inhibit transparency and shield the Government from judicial scrutiny. Two key concerns arise from the Government proposals: restricting access for individuals without substantial means and limiting the courts’ discretion to do justice in the public interest. Yesterday’s debate was robust and eloquent, with former Law Lords joined by bishops and backbenchers alike to condemn the new measures.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 1st July 2014

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Exceptional cases: High Court widens scope of LASPO and declares guidance unlawful – Legal Aid Handbook

‘The High Court recently gave judgement in Gudanaviciene & Ors v Director of Legal Aid Casework & Anor [2014] EWHC 1840 (Admin).’

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Legal Aid Handbook, 1st July 2014

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Badger Trust given permission to challenge badger cull – BBC News

Posted July 2nd, 2014 in animals, environmental protection, judicial review, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘The Badger Trust has been granted permission for a judicial review to challenge the government’s plans to continue culling badgers this year.’

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BBC News, 1st July 2014

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High Court refuses permission for judicial review of Woolwich affordable housing reduction – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 30th, 2014 in appeals, housing, judicial review, local government, news, planning by sally

‘A High Court judge has refused Greenwich Council’s application for judicial review of a planning inspector’s decision to allow the removal of the affordable housing requirement attached to a planning permission, according to a report in Planning Magazine.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 27th June 2014

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Top judges raise concern over plan to restrict judicial review challenges – The Guardian

Posted June 26th, 2014 in bills, human rights, judges, judicial review, news, select committees by sally

‘Restrictions on judicial review challenges may be motivated more by a desire to avoid political embarrassment than the need to save money, a senior judge has suggested.’

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The Guardian, 25th June 2014

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Regina (Eastenders Cash and Carry plc and others) v Revenue and Customs Commissioners; Regina (First Stop Wholesale Ltd) v Revenue and Customs Commissioners – WLR Daily

Regina (Eastenders Cash and Carry plc and others) v Revenue and Customs Commissioners: Regina (First Stop Wholesale Ltd) v Revenue and Customs Commissioners: [2014] UKSC 34; [2014] WLR (D) 262

‘Although customs could only exercise the power under section 139(1) of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979 to detain goods when those goods were actually liable to forfeiture, they had a general power to detain goods which was ancillary to their power to examine them and conduct and investigation to ascertain whether they were so liable.’

WLR Daily, 11th June 2014

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Regina (Gudanaviciene and others) v Director of Legal Aid Casework and another – WLR Daily

Posted June 20th, 2014 in EC law, human rights, immigration, judicial review, law reports, legal aid by tracey

Regina (Gudanaviciene and others) v Director of Legal Aid Casework and another: [2014] EWHC 1840 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 266

‘The Lord Chancellor’s Exceptional Funding Guidance (Non-Inquests) issued under section 4 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, applied by the Legal Aid Agency in withholding legal aid in immigration cases, was unlawful in that it set too high a threshold.’

WLR Daily, 13th June 2014

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R (on the application of Nunn) (Appellant) v Chief Constable of Suffolk Constabulary and another (Respondents) – Supreme Court

R (on the application of Nunn) (Appellant) v Chief Constable of Suffolk Constabulary and another (Respondents) [2014] UKSC 37 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 18th June 2014

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Do Not Resuscitate notices: Patients’ rights under Article 8 – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Court of Appeal has declared that the failure of a hospital to consult a patient in their decision to insert a Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Notice in her notes was unlawful and in breach of her right to have her physical integrity and autonomy protected under Article 8.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 17th June 2014

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Richard III legal challenge lands taxpayer with £175,000 legal bill – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 17th, 2014 in burials and cremation, costs, judicial review, news, royal family by sally

‘Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, criticises a legal bid by distant relatives of King Richard III, whose remains were found buried under a council car park in Leicester.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th June 2014

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R (on the application of Eastenders Cash and Carry plc and others (Respondents) v The Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (Appellant) – Supreme Court

R (on the application of Eastenders Cash and Carry plc and others (Respondents) v The Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (Appellant) [2014] UKSC 34 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 11th June 2014

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