Judicial Review

Constitutional Affairs written question – answered on 2nd March 2004.

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Photo of Mr Iain Coleman Mr Iain Coleman Labour, Hammersmith and Fulham

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs

(1) what the average cost to public funds of a judicial review case was in each of the last three years;

(2) what the (a) average and (b) total cost was to public funds of judicial review cases relating to decisions under section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill 2002 in 2003.

Photo of Chris Leslie Chris Leslie Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Constitutional Affairs)

The Administrative Court Office does not identify unit costs for judicial review claims.

It is not responsible for funding for "legal aid" for judicial review—that is the responsibility of the Legal Services Commission—and details of costs incurred by public authorities responding to claims are not kept by the Administrative Court Office.

The information requested therefore could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

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