PLP's Resources Library is an online database holding PLP's guides, conference papers, published research and reports, recorded presentations, policy responses, and many other items. You can search the items by clicking a category or a tag on the left, or using the search function. Please note the content from conferences, such as papers and audio, are provided for public law practitioners. Public law is a very fast-moving area and some of the information will be out of date or overtaken by events. PLP accept no responsibility for the contents of these items.
February 9 2017 | Guides
It is possible to apply for ECF without a solicitor’s help. Doing so is not easy but it is not impossible. This guide is intended to help you work out if this is something you want to do. If you decide that it is, it will hopefully help you apply successfully, but it is only an introduction and cannot answer every problem you might face.
January 31 2017 | Policy, briefings and consultation responses
PLP's response addresses a number of issues, namely the lack of shared understanding of terminology, why judicial review is a 'special case' and PLP's conclusions regarding 'QOCS'.
January 5 2017 | Conference papers
The UK Government’s use of remotely-piloted armed Reaper drones to conduct lethal strikes abroad, without placing the operator at risk of injury or capture, has given rise to considerable concerns of legality, transparency and accountability. Armed drones are not prohibited weapons under international law. However, drone strikes raise serious legal issues, which differ depending on the circumstances in which strikes are carried out.
January 5 2017 | Policy, briefings and consultation responses
"We are writing further to your statement in Parliament earlier this month that you would shortly be announcing the timeline for the review of LASPO which the Government is committed to undertaking by April 2018. PLP welcomes the Government’s intention to conduct a review into the LASPO legal aid reforms which have had far reaching implications for access to justice in England and Wales.
We are taking the opportunity to write to you now with some suggestions as to the areas which the Government’s review should cover. This is a non-exhaustive list of areas of particular concern and which you will no doubt wish to consider in order to fully understand the implications for access to justice and the rule of law of the LASPO reforms, given your oath and statutory duties as Lord Chancellor.”
December 9 2016 | Conference papers
There are essentially two ways in which a person may challenge the sufficiency of inquest proceedings or a decision by a coroner not to hold an inquest at all. The first and most obvious is by way of judicial review proceedings. The second is by way of a s13 application under the Coroners Act 1988.This paper will briefly consider the law and procedure pertaining to applications to the Attorney-General for a fiat and applications to the High Court pursuant to s13 of the Coroners Act 1988.
December 8 2016
The last few years have seen a raft of discrimination claims come before the higher courts in public law cases. A significant proportion of these claims have succeeded, in areas as diverse as the allocation of social housing and the payment of disability benefits.
December 8 2016 | Conference papers
This paper considers some of the obligations and powers under which the State comes to investigate deaths, incidents of serious harm and abuse, and other forms of wrongdoing. These obligations and powers can, in limited circumstances, be used in judicial review proceedings to challenge decisions of Government and other public authorities on whether to conduct an investigation, and, if so, what form of investigation is required
December 8 2016 | Conference papers
On 11 October 2016 the IPB passed the report stage, which leaves only the third reading before royal assent. It is likely to become law in January 2017. The Bill is an unprecedented legislative assault on privacy. Although it is welcome in that it seeks to regulate what the authorities have been doing anyway without any formal legal basis, it contains incredibly far-reaching powers with insufficient oversight.
Response to Immigration and Asylum Appeals: Proposals to Expedite Appeals by Immigration Detainees consultationNovember 24 2016 | Policy, briefings and consultation responses
PLP views this consultation with considerable disquiet, as it appears to be no more than a renewed attempt by Government to introduce a new DFT, notwithstanding the rejection of its recent attempt to do so by the TPC and despite the evidential deficiency identified by the TPC not having been filled.