Administrative Redress: Public Bodies and the Citizen
A project to review the law in relation to redress from public bodies for substandard administrative action.
On 26 May 2010, we published our report Administrative Redress: Public Bodies and the Citizen. This sets out an overview of the responses to our consultation paper and brings to a close the state liability aspects of the Administrative Redress project. The report is accompanied by a short summary. A press release is also available.
In addition, we are publishing a full analysis of all the consultation responses we received.
As a result of the consultation responses, we have decided to continue with our work on the public sector ombudsmen. We will be publishing a further consultation paper on this later in 2010.
In October 2004 we published a discussion paper as an initial consideration of the issues. This was followed by a seminar in November 2004, attended by judges, academics, practising lawyers, ombudsmen and Government officials.
Following approval of the project by the Lord Chancellor, in October 2006 we published a scoping paper to define the substantive law reform project.
On 3 July 2008, we published our Consultation Paper on Administrative Redress: Public Bodies and the Citizen. A short summary is available that can be used as a guide to the main paper. A press release and press summary are also available
Our key objective in the project was to achieve the correct balance between fairness to aggrieved citizens and appropriate protections to public bodies and the public funds they use.
The consultation paper asked a series of open questions about different aspects of our suggested reforms.
As part of the project we conducted research into the possible operation of the public law scheme outlined in the consultation paper. This drew on applications for judicial review listed before the Administrative Court in 2007. A table of our results is available.
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