Supreme Court hearing decision

Supreme Court hearing decision

R (on the application of The Public Law Project) (Appellant) v Lord Chancellor (Respondent)

On appeal from the Court of Appeal (Civil Division) (England and Wales)
18 April 2016 (updated on 19 April)

The issues in this appeal (see Case details ) were whether the proposed civil legal aid residence test in the draft Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (Amendment of Schedule 1) Order 2014 is:

  1. ultra vires the enabling statute and
  2. unjustifiably discriminatory and so in breach of common law and the Human Rights Act 1998.

At the end of the hearing on 18th April the Supreme Court announced that it was allowing the appeal on ground (1). The Court indicated that it did not consider it necessary to hear argument on issue (2).

The hearing in this appeal has now concluded. Full written reasons for the decision will follow in due course.