On 5 February 2014 the Government announced that it would be going ahead with a series of changes to restrict access to judicial review. The changes were originally proposed in November 2013 in the consultation "Judicial review: proposals for further reform".
Some of the most important reforms will be implemented via secondary legislation, namely cuts to legal aid. The statutory instruments introducing these cuts were laid before Parliament on 14 March 2014 and are called The Civil Legal Aid (Remuneration) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2014.
Some other reforms to judicial review will be implemented via primary legislation, namely the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill.
Taken as a whole, these reforms to judicial review represent a serious threat to the rule of law.
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