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What’s new in administrative justice, April 2017

UK Parliament The Justice Committee has published a report on the implications of Brexit for the justice system. The Committee welcomed the Government’s intention to maintain cooperation with the EU on criminal justice and recommended that it should also seek to replicate existing civil law measures as closely as possible. It further recommended that the … Continue reading

What’s new in administrative justice, March 2017

UK Parliament After suffering two defeats in the House of Lords on the EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, the Government now has the power to trigger Article 50 and begin Brexit negotiations. One of the amendments would have required the Government to guarantee the rights of EU citizens in the UK post Brexit and the … Continue reading

Data sources for administrative justice research – a toolkit for researchers

In this post, Dr Kakia Chatsiou describes her UKAJI project identifying sources of data held by central government departments. By Kakia Chatsiou One of the main priorities of UKAJI’s work has been to identify and develop strategies to tackle capacity constraints within administrative justice research in the UK. Integral to this is improving the knowledge … Continue reading

When things go very wrong with decision-making by public bodies (and their private contractors)

Today we learned that the cases of 23,000 claimants who did not appeal a decision on their tax credits will have their cases reviewed (see here). These are decisions made by Concentrix, the private contractor hired by HMRC in May 2014 to help cut alleged fraud in the tax credit system. The contract with Concentrix … Continue reading

Oral and paper tribunal appeals, and the online future

By Robert Thomas There has been some discussion recently here and here about oral and paper appeals and the possible impact of online dispute resolution. In light of that, this contribution offers some data and thoughts on the issue. Data The data concern 1.7 million first-tier social security appeals determined over the years 2000-15 and … Continue reading