chapter  17
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17.1 Access to justice

Each year about 4,000 people in England and Wales are so aggrieved by decisions taken by public authorities that they begin applications for judicial review in the High Court. The previous four chapters have examined the grounds on which such applications may be made, that is to say the legal arguments which may be put forward by applicants to show that a decision is legally flawed. This chapter looks at the procedures litigants must use in order to make an application for judicial review – in other words, the practical steps they, or their lawyers, must take to get a complaint of unlawfulness heard by a High Court judge. It also describes the remedies which successful applicants may obtain, the formal orders which a judge may make.