Our Judicial Review case recently came forward to The Honourable Mr Justice Dove. He has ruled that the Planning Court will be asked to decide whether to grant us permission to make the case. If it does, the formal hearing will take place immediately. We naturally hope that permission will be granted so that our case can be heard in court.
The judge also ruled that the court may take account of statements from two NHS senior managers. The Council wanted them disregarded. The statements strongly support our case over the inadequate provision for healthcare.
It has also been confirmed that the costs we would have to pay to the Council if we were to lose would be limited to £10,000. We expected this, but it’s good to have it confirmed.
Bundles? They are the groups of documents from which the court will need to work. Mr Justice Dove rules that both sides need to agree what is most relevant – could be an interesting process.
And skeletons? These are summaries of the main points each side wishes to make – what you might call the bare bones of their case. (No Hallowe’en jokes, please!)