Sunday, July 19, 2020

Johnson would ride roughshod over our rights by restricting judicial review

Responding to reports that the Government is planning to restrict judicial review, following a Court of Appeal decision against the Home Secretary, Liberal Democrat Justice Spokesperson Daisy Cooper said:

“Threatening to weaken the courts because of a judgment you disagree with is the act of dictators and despots, not democrats.

“With these plans, Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings are trying to enable the Government to run roughshod over people’s rights and allow Ministers to break the law with impunity.

“Liberal Democrats will always defend individuals’ abilities to challenge the Government and uphold their rights. We will not stand by and allow Johnson and Cummings to undermine the rule of law, which is so fundamental to our society.”

1 comment:

Frank Little said...

Neath Port Talbot citizens will recall an invalid decision by the planning committee being nullified by a judicial review. Lord Justice Mummery "based his decision that the consents were invalid on an alleged procedural irregularity. He held that four councillors, who were members of the Planning Committee, had received “wrong advice” from the Council’s officers, and had acted under a misapprehension of law, which was potentially material, when they abstained from voting on the relevant item".

If judicial review is hobbled further (it is already an expensive procedure), such maladministration on behalf of one-party - whether Labour, Conservative or Nationalist - local government citadels is liable to go uncorrected in future.