The work of the Administrative Court is varied, consisting of the administrative law jurisdiction of England and Wales as well as a supervisory jurisdiction over inferior courts and tribunals.
The supervisory jurisdiction, exercised in the main through the procedure of Judicial Review, covers persons or bodies exercising a public law function - a wide and still growing field. Examples of the types of decision which may fall within the range of Judicial Review include:
Decisions of local authorities in the exercise of their duties to provide various welfare benefits and special education for children in need of such education;
Certain decisions of the immigration authorities and Immigration Appellate Authority;
Decisions of regulatory bodies;
Decisions relating to prisoner's rights .
Appendix A sets out a brief description of the types of cases dealt with and how the work is divided between single judge courts and Divisional Courts (which consist of at least two judges and normally consist of a Lord Justice of Appeal sitting with a judge of the High Court).
Skeleton Arguments - Lodging with the Court by email
Skeleton arguments may now be lodged in the Administrative Court London Office and each of the Regional Offices, by email.
Each region has its own dedicated email address for skeleton arguments. Please ensure you send your skeleton argument to the correct address:-
You will receive an automated confirmation that your skeleton argument has been delivered:-
E.g. Your message has been received in the Administrative Court LONDON at: Administrativecourtofficelondon.firstname.lastname@example.org
This email address is used exclusively for the delivery of SKELETON ARGUMENTS for cases being heard in London. Receipt of any other type of correspondence is not accepted at this address. Any such correspondence and/or attachments other than skeleton arguments will NOT be acted upon. Skeleton arguments received after 4.30pm on the afternoon prior to the hearing may not reach the hearing Judge before commencement of the hearing.
NB: When lodging a skeleton argument by email, it is not necessary to lodge a further copy by any other means.
A template for the skeleton argument is available below, to assist you in completing the information required by the Court. The template is formatted so the cursor will take you to each part to be completed. Please note that where there is a selection of Region or Party an arrow appears which when clicked on reveals a drop down box showing the options available.
Important changes from 15th February 2010 regarding applications made under S103a of the
Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002
Important Notice Regarding Changes to Administrative Court Office Fees from 1st October 2009
Following a review of Administrative Court fees undertaken by the Administrative Court Office (ACO) and the Ministry of Justice Fees Policy Unit, the ACO is now required to enforce fees in respect of all applications where a fee is payable, and will do so from October 1st 2009.
Please follow the link below for further information
From 21 April 2009 it will also be possible to issue most Administrative Court proceedings at the District Registry of the High Court at Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds or Manchester.
The four centres will be located at:
- Cardiff Civil Justice Centre
2 Park Street, Cardiff, CF10 1ET
- Birmingham Civil Justice Centre
Priory Courts, 5th Floor, 33 Bull Street, Birmingham B4 6DS
- Leeds Combined Court
1 Oxford Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 3BG
- Manchester Civil Justice Centre
12th Floor, 1 Bridge Street West, Manchester M3 3FX
Guidance on the administrative arrangements has been provided:
Administrative Court Guidance - regional venues