UK Constitutional Law Association

affiliated to the International Association of Constitutional Law

Tom Hickman: Public Law’s Disgrace: Part 2

The cost of Access to Justice as a Constitutional Issue The issue of access to justice, and specifically the cost of litigation as a bar to accessing justice, is rightly … Continue reading

October 26, 2017 · 3 Comments

Adrian Zuckerman: The Law’s Disgrace

In the article by Tom Hickman, “Public Law’s Disgrace”, Hickman laments the fact that the “vast majority of the population have no access to judicial review in any meaningful sense.” … Continue reading

February 27, 2017 · 14 Comments

Tom Hickman: Public Law’s Disgrace

What is the most important issue in public law? You might be forgiven for thinking it is the gradation of principles of substantive review, or the proper limits of judicial … Continue reading

February 9, 2017 · 21 Comments

Ruchi Parekh: Delivering Justice in an Age of Austerity: A JUSTICE Working Party sets out its vision for change

Our justice system is in crisis. Ongoing state retrenchment has involved significant cuts to legal aid, the HMCTS budget and the publicly subsidised advice sector. The result is a growing … Continue reading

April 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Natasha Simonsen:Government cannot use a ‘statutory back door’ to implement major changes to legal aid services, Divisional Court says

In a judgment released yesterday a Divisional Court unanimously struck down the government’s attempt to introduce a residence test for eligibility for legal aid, finding it incompatible with the objective … Continue reading

July 17, 2014 · 2 Comments

Dawn Oliver: Does treating the system of justice as a public service have implications for the rule of law and judicial independence?

If you asked a second year LLB student, or even a professor of public law or a legal practitioner, ‘what are the most fundamental functions of judges and the system … Continue reading

March 19, 2014 · 8 Comments

Richard Cornes: 11-1 gender ratio Court’s Achilles Heel: Reporting of the Supreme Court’s start of the year press briefing

A relationship of cooperation but also competing interests On October 2 at 10am, the United Kingdom Supreme Court held an hour long pre-term press-briefing to mark the opening of the … Continue reading

October 16, 2013 · 1 Comment

Conor Gearty: Legal Aid Changes

Last week I spent an enjoyable few hours at a protest in central London, outside the Ministry of Justice. The chants were along the lines of ‘what do we want: … Continue reading

June 10, 2013 · 3 Comments

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