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Boris Johnson orders clampdown on judicial review system after blasting Supreme Court for ruling his suspension of Parliament last year was illegal

  • PM claimed system was being ‘abused’ and No 10 plans to fast track assessment
  • Judicial reviews allow people to challenge government actions in the courts
  • Source claimed some groups launching repeated actions against same policy

Boris Johnson has ordered a clampdown on the judicial review system.

The Prime Minister, who was infuriated last year when the Supreme Court ruled his suspension of Parliament was illegal, claimed the system was being ‘abused’.

No 10 said a planned legal assessment would be fast-tracked, with a change in the law likely ‘within months’.

Boris Johnson (pictured yesterday), who was infuriated last year when the Supreme Court ruled his suspension of Parliament was illegal, claimed the judicial review system was being ‘abused’

Judicial reviews allow people to challenge government actions in the courts. 

But a source claimed some groups were launching repeated legal actions against the same policy and others were using the courts to pursue political ends.

In the Commons, Mr Johnson said: ‘We will continue to ensure that judicial review is available to protect the rights of individuals against an overbearing state, while ensuring that it is not abused to conduct politics by another means or to create needless delays.’

No 10 said a planned legal assessment would be fast-tracked, with a change in the law likely ¿within months¿. Pictured: The Prime Minister in the House of Commons yesterday

No 10 said a planned legal assessment would be fast-tracked, with a change in the law likely ‘within months’. Pictured: The Prime Minister in the House of Commons yesterday

Official statistics show that 3,600 judicial review applications were made in 2018 – equivalent to almost ten a day. 

The move reflects fears that the courts could be used to frustrate the PM’s plans to deliver radical change. 

But it will inevitably be seen as revenge for last year’s Supreme Court ruling on Mr Johnson’s decision to prorogue parliament last September, which led to incendiary claims he had misled the Queen.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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