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What is the case that says no delegation of decisions can be made?

Vine v National Dock Labour Board


What is the exceptions to the rule against delegations? (2 examples)

The Carltona Principle- Ministers can delegate to civil servants
The Local government Act 1972- Local authorities can delegate to committees and/or officers if they make a formal resolution to do so.


Vine v National Dock Labour Board. What is the rule?

No delegation of decisions can be made


What is the rule against fettering of discretion? What are the two types of fettering?

Fettering discretion. IE using someone else's discretion to make the decision (Lavender v Minister for Housing)
Interpreting a policy to strictly (British Oxygen v Minister for Technology


Lavender v Minister for Housing

What is the rule? No fettering discretion to another


Congreve v Home Office. What is the ruling?

No using powers for improper on unauthorised purposes


No using powers for improper on unauthorised purposes. What is the general case?

Congreve v Home Office


What is Westminster Corp v LNWR?

Where there are two purposes, a decision is legal if the authorised purpose is the main one.


What is the rule on "material influence" on decisions and which case?

R v Ilea ex partei Westminster City Council. Where there are two reasons for a decision, the decision is not legal if the unauthorised reason had a "material influence".


Which are the two cases relating to taking into account irrelevant considerations?

Robers v Hopwood
The Rule Against Socialism

Padfield v Minister of Agriculture
Milk producers sought judicial review of the Minister’s refusal to exercise his power to direct an investigative committee to be set up to examine complaints.


"Errors of Law are always subject to judicial review." Which case?

Anisminic v FCC


Khawaja. What is the ruling?

Errors of fact are not always subject to judicial review unless they are jurisdictional (IE implicate the body's ability to act)


Wednesbury Irrationality. What is the standard that must be met?

"So unreasonable that no reasonable authority could have come to the decision".


CCSU. What is the standard of irrationality?

"So outrageous or in defiance of logic that no sensible person could arrive at it"


Which is the case for direct bias?

Dimes v Grand Junction Canal


R v Ministry of Defence ex p Smith

"Outside the range of reasonable responses"


What is the test for indirect bias?

Whether a "fair minded and impartial observer would conclude that there had been a "real possibility" of bias in proceedings.
Margill v Porter


What is the case that sets out the fit to a "reasonable" fair hearing?

Lloyd v McMahon


What are the three case categories and the cases for each?

1 Forfeiture Cases: Where someone is giving up something they had. These generate the greatest rights.
(Ridge v Baldwin).
2. Legitimate expectation cases. Whee the aggrieved party had a legitimate expectation of a service or a facility.
R v Liverpool Corporation ex p Liverpool Taxi
3. Application cases. Where a party is making an application for a benefit or to avoid a dis benefit. (Mcinnesn v Onslow-Fane)


What is the ruling in R v Panel on Takeovers ex partei Datafin?

There are two tests to determine whether a defendant is a "public body":

1. Is the source of power statutory?
2. Does the body exercise public law functions?


What are the 5 factors set out in R v Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs ex partei World Development Movement for a pressure group to be able to take a judicial review claim?

1 The importance of the matter and the weight of the grounds of challenge.
2. Whether anybody else is better placed to take the claim
3. He need to uphold the rule of law
4. The role of the pressure group.
5. The relevant statutory duty.


Which Act requires that claimants in Judicial Review have "sufficient interest in the matter to which a claim relates"?

The Senior Courts Act 1981 s 31(3)


Are Courts obliged to extend time limits in certain circumstances?

No, according to the ruling in Hardy v Pembrokeshire


Will the Courts accept full ouster clauses in legislation?

No, according to Anisminic v FCC. The courts consider that it cannot be the will of Parliament to let public bodies act outside the law.


Will the Courts accept partial ouster clauses in relation to time limits?

Yes, as in R v Secretary of State for the Environment ex partei Ostler.


Will the courts accept implied ouster clauses?

Yes. If provisions in statute provide for alternative statutory remedy (appeals process etc) the courts will not recognise a Judicial review claim. R v Epping and Harlow Commrs ex p Goldstraw


Will the Courts extend deadlines for judicial review?

If there is good reason. R R v Stratford upon Avon DC ex parte Jackson


In which case is the rule against bias decided?

Dimes v Grand Junction Canal


In what case is the rule against indirect bias discussed?

Margill v Porter


In which case is the rule against bias discussed with relation to non pecuniary direct interest?

Re Pinochet