Category: Research

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    Designing redress: a study about grievances against public bodies

    July 31 2012 | Research | By Andrew Le Sueur and Varda Bondy

    Public bodies have in recent years been exhorted to get decisions ‘right first time’.1 The concept of administrative justice is seen by some scholars as including initial decisions as well as what happens when administrative decisions are challenged. Notwithstanding these developments, the redress of grievances remains central to the concerns of administrative law scholars, and public bodies expend a great deal of time and money handling grievances. It is just about possible to imagine an idealised administrative system in which no errors are ever made by decision-makers and all past, present and future decisions are accepted as correct and legitimate by citizens and business enterprises. In reality, this can never be achieved (except perhaps in well-resourced administrative schemes of limited size and relative simplicity).

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    Mediation in Judicial Review: a practitioners' handbook

    January 31 2011 | Research | By Varda Bondy and Margaret Doyle

    What place does mediation have in judicial review cases? Research by the Public Law Project (PLP) and the University of Essex on the permission stage in judicial review concluded that most judicial review claims are settled and that most settlements satisfy the claims made in the judicial review. While some cases that settle as a result of bilateral negotiations could arguably result in a better outcome for one or both parties were they mediated instead, mediation is an unlikely option where more familiar and straightforward routes to disposal are available to lawyers.

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    Mediation and Judicial Review

    June 13 2009 | Research | By Linda Mulcahy, Varda Bondy with Margaret Doyle and Val Reid

    The aim of this research is to establish an independent evidence base for identifying the value and the limits of mediation as an alternative to, or used alongside, judicial review.

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    The Dynamics of Judicial Review Litigation

    June 3 2009 | Research | By Varda Bondy and Professor Maurice Sunkin

    Given its place in the UK’s constitutional system, an empirically based understanding of the way the judicial review procedure operates is of the utmost importance to users of the system and policymakers. This project offers the first analysis of the process since the post-Bowman reforms were introduced in October 2003 and does so at a time when potentially major changes are taking place to the system in the form of regionalisation and the anticipated transfer of certain cases from the Administrative Court to the Upper Tier Tribunals.

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    Who Needs ADR?

    September 2 2004 | Research | By Varda Bondy

    As long ago as January 1999 Lord Irvine’s inaugural lecture to the Faculty of

    Mediation and ADR recognised that, whilst ADR has an expanding role within the civil justice system, ‘there are serious and searching questions’ to be answered about its use.

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    The Impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 on Judicial Review

    June 15 2003 | Research | By Varda Bondy and Lee Bridges

    This empirical research study drew much from the methodologies and experience acquired in the course of the previous studies, and built on the important links established by PLP with the Administrative Court, academics and practitioners.

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    Third Party Interventions in Judicial Review

    May 1 2001 | Research | By Deana Smith, Karen Ashton and Professor Lee Bridges

    This report describes the process and outcomes of an 'action research' project conducted by the PLP with the financial support of the Nuffield Foundation.

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    Cause for Complaint

    September 6 1999 | Research | By Henriatta Wallace and Linda Mulcahy

    The aim of this report is to evaluate the procedure from the perspective of health service users, looking at issues of fairness and independence, and complainants satisfaction with both the handling and outcome of their complaints.