Definition of judicial review in English:

judicial review


mass noun
  • 1(in the UK) a procedure by which a court can review an administrative action by a public body and (in England) secure a declaration, order, or award.

    ‘the exercise of these powers may be challenged by judicial review’
    count noun ‘they were granted a judicial review of the Ministry's order’
    • ‘A public inquiry and judicial review is awaited and a housing market crash looms ever closer.’
    • ‘Ministers are drawing up plans to allow TV cameras to film appeal court hearings, judicial reviews and Lords hearings.’
    • ‘Accordingly, I do not consider this to be a case for granting permission for judicial review.’
    • ‘It should properly have been raised by an application for judicial review in the High Court.’
    • ‘Drafting points such as these are important but do not justify judicial review of the order.’
    • ‘Local authorities must get tough and seek judicial reviews where they think that health authorities have given their taxpayers a raw deal.’
    • ‘There are before the court two applications for judicial review which both raise the same issue.’
    • ‘Two years ago, British ministers unveiled plans to allow TV cameras to film appeal court hearings and judicial reviews.’
    • ‘In judicial review, the unsuccessful party may be ordered to pay the costs of the other side.’
    • ‘There are three applications for judicial review before the court.’
    • ‘It is a review function, very similar to that of the court on judicial review.’
    • ‘This strategy uses the procedure called judicial review, and is a public law matter.’
    • ‘Barristers have drawn up a legal opinion setting out a test case for a high court judicial review of the government's position.’
    • ‘Quite often in these sorts of matters in the past we have had judicial reviews of decisions.’
    • ‘Parents fighting to save a primary school from closure have lodged an application for a judicial review.’
    • ‘The court ruling followed a judicial review which was granted to the lobby group in October.’
    • ‘The legal battle involved a public inquiry and two judicial reviews.’
    • ‘Lord Falconer said failed asylum seekers would no longer be able to appeal to the High Court or through judicial reviews.’
    • ‘The council said it would not pursue legal costs against parents who sought a judicial review on the closure.’
    • ‘The applicant now challenges by way of judicial review the grant of planning permission to the Trustees.’
    1. 1.1 (in the US) review by the Supreme Court of the constitutional validity of a legislative act.
      • ‘The power of judicial review has allowed the Supreme Court to protect civil liberties within America.’
      • ‘The power of judicial review derives not from the Constitution, which contains no explicit reference to this authority, but from a series of cases dating back to the late 1700s.’


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