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Legal Services Ombudsman

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) applications and (b) successful applications for judicial review of decisions made by the Legal Services Ombudsman have been made in each year since 2002; (253131)

(2) how many (a) applications and (b) successful applications for judicial review of decisions made by the Legal Services Ombudsman there have been in each year since 2002.

Although the Legal Services Ombudsman is independent of Government, we understand from her annual reports that:

In 2004-05, 14 applications for Judicial Review were made. None were successful.

In 2005-06, eight applications were made. None were successful.

In 2006-07, nine applications were made. None were successful.

In 2007-08, eight applications were made. Five have been unsuccessful. The three remaining cases continued into 2008-09 and were subsequently unsuccessful.

According to the Office of the Legal Services Ombudsman there are no records available to confirm the number of applications for Judicial Review between 2002-04.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received on the performance of the (a) Legal Services Ombudsman and (b) Legal Complaints Service. (253284)

The Legal Services Regulation and Redress Division (LSRRD) in the Ministry of Justice is responsible for the policy relating to the regulation of legal services in England and Wales.

During 2008, LSRRD received 56 representations regarding the performance of the Legal Services Ombudsman, and 37 representations regarding the performance of the Legal Complaints Service.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many complaints he has received regarding decisions made by the Legal Services Ombudsman in each of the last five years. (253319)

The Office of the Legal Services Ombudsman is independent of Government. Therefore, the Department does not deal with complaints regarding decisions made by the ombudsman.

The ombudsman’s report in individual cases is final and there is no appeal against it. However, consumers can challenge her decisions in the courts through application for Judicial Review.