Judicial Review is a process where a Court reviews the lawfulness of a decision or action of the Local Authority. Its purpose is to determine whether the Local Authority is acting in accordance with the law. Are their actions or decisions lawful. There are many laws which apply to the area of Education and this process provides a mechanism for ensuring the Local Authority can be held accountable if they do not adhere to the law and the statutory timescales.
If you think that the Local Authority have not followed the proper legal process particularly if they have missed statutory deadlines then we can help. We will write a letter before claim [often referred to as a pre-action letter] on your behalf to the Local Authority detailing the issues, where they have acted unlawfully and what is required to remedy the issues and give them 14 days to reply. In our experience the Local Authority take action very quickly after receiving such correspondence. Judicial Review is effective.
Local Authorities often miss deadlines for making decisions in relation to educational plans and fail to provide the provision that is often already secured within a plan.
We can assist with the Judicial Review process from drafting the pre-action letter and following the Judicial Review pre-action protocols to providing support and assistance with the formal proceedings.