Criminal Justice and Courts Bill

Written evidence submitted by the Law Society (CJC 39)

1. The Law Society is the representative body of over 166,000 solicitors in England and Wales. The Society negotiates on behalf of the profession and lobbies regulators, governments and others.

2. T he Law Society supports amendment number 5 and new clauses 1 – 8 which have been tabled in the name of Mr Bob Neill MP

3. The Society supports the introduction of a leave stage in section 288 applications under clause 57 of the Bill.  We agree that the opportunity should be taken to introduce other improvements to the High Court procedures for planning challenges under other provisions.  We consider that these provisions would help to speed up planning litigation and reduce costs for the parties involved.  We also consider there to be advantages in harmonising procedures across the range of planning challenges.

4. The Law Society hopes that the amendment and new clauses will be agreed by the Public Bill Committee considering the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill.

April 2014 

Prepared 2nd April 2014