By Nicholas Lavender
No-one is perfect. No government is perfect, no local authority is perfect and no other public body is perfect. To err is human.
Yet governments, local authorities and other public bodies take decisions which affect people’s lives. And yet inevitably, since they are human, some decisions will be wrong and devastating for the people affected by them.
So there needs to be a mechanism for correcting public bodies’ mistakes. And there is. It is called judicial review. Judicial review is the process people use to challenge unlawful decisions by those in power. It can, for instance, stop imprisonment without charge, prevent care homes and schools from being closed or moved without good reason, and halt wrongly-granted planning permission.
On Monday MPs will be asked to constrain judicial review and make it harder for their constituents to challenge unlawful action by Government, local authorities and other public bodies. I hope they will resist the invitation.
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