STRIKING THE RIGHT BALANCE –
The Faulks Report on Administrative Law and the Government’s Judicial Review Bill
Meeting with the Bingham Centre – British Institute of International and Comparative Law
Monday 5 June 2021, 6.30–7.30pm
An important event that SCL was invited to co-host with the Bingham Centre.
The Government convened an expert panel chaired by Lord Faulks QC to review Administrative Law amid suggestions that Judges have been drawn into making political decisions. Questions have been raised about the balance of the UK’s uncodified constitution and the rule of law, including where the boundaries of judicial authority lie and whether Parliamentary Sovereignty has been infringed by the courts. Striking the right balance between allowing Ministers to effectively carry out their duties and ensuring that the public can hold the Government to account through Judicial Review is vital to ensuring good governance and upholding the rule of law.
Lord Faulks’s report was published in spring 2021, alongside a Government consultation designed to inform the Judicial Review Bill announced in the Queen’s speech. But the proposals put forward in the Government’s consultation go further than the recommendations of the Faulks Review, which emphasised that any changes to Judicial Review should only be made after the most careful consideration, and that the Government should think long and hard before seeking to curtail judicial power.
Sir Bob Neill MP, Chairman the Society’s Executive Committee will introduce Lord Faulks at a closed meeting for members of the Society of Conservative Lawyers, Conservative MPs and Peers, and selected invited guests of the SCL, Bingham Centre and Constitution Unit for a frank and robust discussion of this important report and the Government response.