UK: The Judicial Review and Courts Bill was published on Wednesday 21 July 2021

Here’s the bill

This Bill will seek to reform the rules around Judicial Review and facilitate a number of procedural improvements across the court system.


The Bill will deliver the Government’s manifesto commitment to “ensure that Judicial Review is available to protect the rights of the individuals against an overbearing state, while ensuring that it is not abused to conduct politics by another means or to create needless delays.” This follows both the Independent Review of Administrative Law, which reported to me in January, and a Government consultation earlier this year.

As well as the Judicial Review measures, the Bill will introduce a number of procedural measures across the criminal courts, Employment Tribunals and Coroner’s Courts. These measures will streamline processes, saving time and money for the court system, and supporting court recovery. The Bill will also remove obligations requiring the City of London Corporation to provide county and magistrates’ court capacity at their current locations, paving the way for a new courthouse on a different site.

Published 21 July 2021
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