Hot on the heels of the last post comes this news of a Judicial Review permission hearing on an application by friends of the blog, Community Law Partnership, against the LSC.
Choice quotes from Collins J
“I am bound to say this is a dreadful decision and on the face of it the approach [taken by the LSC] is totally irrational”
“How can it be rational to penalise a firm that takes fewer cases to the upper tribunal, when any decent firm will do its best to make sure it doesn’t have to appeal?”
“Those tendering are entitled to take the view that access to justice criteria will be taken into account and discretion used, rather than just box ticking.”
We were sort of hoping to be the first to break this news, but dammit, the Gazette had a journo actually at the hearing. Excellent (if interim) result for CLP. Full hearing set down for about a week and a half’s time.
Details and comment to come.