Why is public law important

Public law remedies are the means by which public authorities can be held to account. In the absence of effective and accessible mechanisms of accountability, the exercise of power by central and local government, and the many other public bodies, may go unchecked.

 The decisions of public authorities have a particularly significant impact on the lives of those facing poverty, discrimination or disadvantage. Such decisions may determine whether health care is to be provided, whether a social security benefit is to be awarded, or whether a place in a care home is to be allocated to an elderly person awaiting discharge in hospital. Yet, despite being the very people who have the most to lose from an unlawful or unfair decision, those facing disadvantage are the ones also facing the greatest obstacles to accessing the public law remedy. The Public Law Project aims to tackle those obstacles and improve access to justice.

 

PLP has been in the vanguard of constructing the system of public law that now exists in Britain and opening the way for citizens and non-governmental organisations to use the administrative courts. Wrongs have been righted decision-making improved. Without PLP, justice in Britain would be much the poorer.

Nick Hildyard, Corner House Research Contact Us