Changes to judicial review process

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New civil procedure court rules have been introduced for England and Wales for judicial review.

Judicial review is the process of challenging the lawfulness of decisions of public authorities and the application for permission for judicial review has to be made within time limits set by the Court Rules. There is now a six week time limit in which to issue court proceedings for all planning cases. This includes applications relating to village greens, highways and rights of way, national, regional or other planning policy documents.

A new Planning Court within the High Court has been established to provide for planning-related judicial reviews and statutory challenges to be dealt with in a specialist list forming the Planning Court. It is important to note that a judicial review is not a re-hearing of the case but a challenge to the lawfulness of the decision which has been made. Read more here.

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