Judicial review is an important way of holding the government and government agencies, or those tasked with providing public services to account, particularly in relaiton to housing issues.
If you have been refused housing by a local authority following presenting to them as homeless, it might be possible for you to request a judicial review of their decision.
Judicial Review is about challenging the way that the decision has been made, which can result in the local authority having to consider the case again.
Local authorities have a duty to consider homelessness applications under the Housing Act 1996 and reviews are made nder the Allocation of Housing and Homelessness (Review Procedures) Regulations 1999.
There is a three month limitation period to make an application for judicial review so those wishing to challenge a decision made must seek advice and assistance as soon as they receive confirmation of the decision not to rehouse them.
Many clients may be eligible for legal aid to challenge a homelessness decision and should investigate this route first. For those who are not eligible for legal aid, they should contact us for further advice and guidance as we are able to provide agreed fees for initial consideration of the case.
Please note that JR applications are started in the High Court and not the County Court. It is important to have legal advice and representation.