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Charities face greater judicial review costs after Commons vote

Measures to make it more difficult and costly for charities to take part in judicial reviews are likely to enter law after the House of Commons yesterday voted down Lords amendments to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill.

The bill introduces changes in the rules which will make it more expensive for charities and the ordinary individuals they support to bring cases against the government. It has currently returned to the Commons after having its third reading in the Lords.

The Lords had made a number of amendments which would have largely protected charities from a series of measures in the bill which increased their costs, but these were removed from the bill by the Commons in a vote last night. It is likely those changes will now enter law.

The measures have been opposed by charities and specialist sector law firms, as well as the Law Society, the Bar Council and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (Cilex).


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