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Judicial Review

Volume 687: debated on Thursday 7 December 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What policy changes they plan to make in the way judicial reviews are handled by Government in Northern Ireland. [HL367]

The policy of the Government is, and always has been, to handle judicial reviews with the high standards expected of all parties by the courts.

As I stated in my written reply to Lord Lester of Herne Hill (Official Report, col. WA 112), I have asked Mr Peter Scott QC to investigate concerns raised by Mr Justice Girvan in recent judicial review proceedings in Northern Ireland. His terms of reference include his making recommendations on how best to prevent a recurrence of any shortcomings identified.