What is Judicial Review?

Judicial Review is a type of court proceeding in which a judge reviews the lawfulness of a decision or action made by a public body.

In other words, Judicial Reviews are a challenge to the way in which a decision has been made, rather than the rights and wrongs of the conclusion reached.

Edwards & Co. has represented hundreds of applicants in Judicial Review proceedings where individuals affected by the decision of a public body choose to challenge it. These decisions can have an impact on a persons’ human rights and are therefore wide ranging in their nature.

The cases that our Judicial Review and Human Rights team of Solicitors in Belfast have dealt with range from representing individuals in the area of public sector pensions to charities and public sector organisations in areas of law affecting large numbers of individuals.

In recent years we have been involved in a number of very high profile cases such as the Family Planning Association Judicial Review in respect of Abortion Guidance and the Retired Police Officers Association in respect of the powers of the Police Ombudsman for NI.

This is an area of law which can appear theoretical and remote, but public decisions affect private individuals and their human rights, and successful legal challenges have changed lives.

For any enquiries about this service please contact Michael May using the form below.