The Haldane Society has responded to the Ministry of Justice's consultation on "reform" of judicial review. The reform proposals would see access to judicial review massively restricted, thereby impacting on the ability of individuals to hold the government to account through the courts. The proposals, if brought into law, would:
- Reduce the time limit for judicial review, making it almost impossible for individuals, but not large corporations, to comply with the requirements in time;
- Limit access to judicial review by restricting oral renewal hearings, allowing the oral rehearing of an application which was rejected on the papers.
- Increase fees and so remove the ability of almost every ordinary person to apply for judicial review.