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An updated version of a presentation given to law students at Glasgow University on the matters that need to be thought about when preparing a presenting a judicial review case in the Court of ...

An updated version of a presentation given to law students at Glasgow University on the matters that need to be thought about when preparing a presenting a judicial review case in the Court of Session.

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Preparing and Presenting a Judicial Review Preparing and Presenting a Judicial Review Presentation Transcript

  • Preparing and Presenting a Judicial Review Robert Sutherland, Advocate Terra Firma Chambers
  • Petitioner What are you wanting to review? • a decision? • an action? • a policy? • an omission?
  • Petitioner The appropriate procedure? right of appeal? restrictions on grounds for appealing? restrictions on who can appeal? necessary? other proceedings where same issue relevant?
  • Petitioner individual, group or representative? Who Is Petitioner standing? funding? Axa General Insurance Co. Ltd v Lord Advocate, 2012 SC (UKSC) 122 Walton v The Scottish Ministers, 2013 (UKSC) 67 McGinty v Scottish Ministers, [2013] CSIH 78
  • Petitioner Who is Respondent Interested Party • decision maker / policy maker? • UK Minister or Scottish Government? • who else has an interest in outcome? • “devolution issue” (Scotland Act 1998, Sched. 6)?
  • Petitioner Remedies reduction? specific implement?
  • Petitioner • Rules of the Court of Session, Chapter 58A Protective Expenses Orders • R (Corner House Research) v The Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, [2005] 1 WLR 2600 • Newton Mearns Residents Flood Prevention Group for Cheviot Drive v East Renfrewshire Council, [2013] CSIH 70
  • Petitioner Grounds? • illegality (inc. human rights breaches) • “Wednesbury” unreasonableness • procedural impropriety • legitimate expectation
  • The Petition Form Structure Style • RCS, Form 58.6 • parties • concise • productions? • subject matter • clear • other relevant documents • grounds for review • consistent • remedies • pleas-in-law • Schedules and notice period
  • The Petition Issues to be anticipated delay • Human Rights Act 1998, Section 7(5) • mora, taciturnity and acquiescence • Portobello Park Action Group v City of Edinburgh Council, 2012 SLT 1137 PN No. 1 of 2012 immigration and asylum - prior notification caveats interim orders balance of convenience transfer to Upper Tribunal?
  • Respondent Standing Competency Merits Delay
  • First Orders caveat? interim orders? intimation and service first hearing date answers?
  • First Hearing Introductions Identify bare background and main issues Outline structure of submission The legal framework The factual background Where the Respondent has gone wrong Pleas-in-law and orders sought
  • First Hearing The Respondent’s presentation Response? Avizandum
  • Preparing and Presenting a Judicial Review Robert Sutherland, Advocate Terra Firma Chambers