Policy paper

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill: the government response

The government response to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution - Criminal Justice and Courts Bill.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government



The government has set out its view on the Committee’s 2nd report of session 2014 to 2015 in respect of its proposed reforms to judicial review, many of which are being taken forward through the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill.

The government’s view is that the reforms being taken forward are a proportionate response to the concerns raised in the consultation ‘Judicial Review – proposals for further reform’.

The government is clear that judicial review is, and must remain, a crucial check on the power of the state and should continue to be readily available where it is necessary in the interests of justice. The reforms the government is pursuing are aimed at speeding up the process for people who have arguable grounds and a genuine case to put.

Published 4 September 2014