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The Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA), which represents barristers, judges and academics specialising in public law, has today published its response to the Call for Evidence by the Independent Review of Administrative Law (IRAL). The IRAL was established by the Government in July 2020, to consider whether reform is required in the field of judicial review. It is the latest in a series of exercises undertaken over the past few years with a view to reforming judicial review, with other reviews having taken place in 2012-13, 2014, 2015 and 2017. However, the IRAL differs from previous reviews in that its terms of reference are much broader, purporting to cover almost the whole field of judicial review, including matters of procedure and costs.
ALBA’s response (which can be read here) calls attention to the fundamental importance of judicial review in upholding the rule of law, and expresses concern about the intentions behind the IRAL, as well as the timescales and methodology adopted by it.
Juliet Wells was a member of the Working Group tasked with preparing ALBA’s response.