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Criminal Judicial Review

Areas of Experience

  • Key principles of judicial review
  • Judicial review procedure
  • Remedies for judicial review
  • Grounds for judicial review against public bodies operating in the criminal justice system, including but not limited to:
    • The Police
    • The Crown Prosecution Service
    • Magistrates’ Courts
    • The Crown Court
    • Prisons
    • The Legal Aid Agency
  • Funding and costs

36 Criminal Judicial Review

The 36 Group’s Criminal Judicial Review team are public and administrative law specialists with knowledge and experience of the criminal justice system.

The team provides a complete range of support, advice and representation at all stages of judicial review claims relating to challenges to public authorities operating within the criminal justice system.

The team’s expertise is founded on their extensive knowledge of the area. They wrote the first comprehensive practitioners’ guide to the field (Criminal Judicial Review, Hart Publishing, 2014). They appear regularly in the Administrative Court and Divisional Courts. They can assist with claims relating to the following:

  • The Police and the Crown Prosecution Service
  • The Magistrates’, Crown and Coroners’ Courts
  • The Prison Service, Probation Service and Parole Board
  • Statutory bodies such as the Independent Police Complaints Commission and the Legal Aid Agency
  • Claimants who are children, young persons or have mental health disorders
  • The international dimension including extradition proceedings and European Union law

Members of the team are multi-disciplinary practitioners with backgrounds in criminal, extradition and public law. They understand the particular difficulties criminal solicitors may have preparing judicial review claims including securing funding, understanding how claims affect on-going proceedings and the procedure in the Administrative Court. They can assist public law solicitors navigate the unfamiliar terrain of the criminal justice system.

Some members of the team act in actions against the police and can advise on whether private law actions for damages are preferable and how they can be pursued.

Many members of the team are human rights lawyers and support the various charities and interest groups active in the field including Justice, the National Association for Youth Justice and the Howard League for Penal Reform as well as being active members of the Bar Human Rights Committee and the Human Rights Lawyers Association.