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Lord Neuberger attacks further curbs to judicial review

The President of the UK Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger, has criticised proposals to introduce further limits on the availability of judicial review.

He recently delivered a speech entitled 'Justice in the age of austerity' at the JUSTICE Tom Sargant annual memorial lecture. In the course of that speech he stated ‘the courts have no more important function than that of protecting citizens from the abuses and excesses of the executive.’  He also expressed his concern that the proposed changes to judicial review would not bring about the monetary savings that were sought.

He referred to the danger that if judicial review was curtailed further, it would lead to meritorious challenges not being pursued. It could also lead to many people representing themselves, which could lead to delays in the courts dealing with cases.

Lord Neuberger also raised concerns over implementing cuts to Legal Aid.

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