Service of Judicial Review Claim Form

March 24th, 2022 by James Goudie KC

See R (Good Law Project) v SoS (2022) EWCA Civ 355 at para 39 on the need for promptness and speed in judicial review claims generally, and procurement challenges in particular, at para 41 on the importance of valid service of claim forms, and at paras 78-80 inclusive applications for extension of time. At para 57 the Court of Appeal says that, provided the Defendant has done nothing to put obstacles in the Claimant’s way, a potential Defendant is under no obligation to give positive assistance to the Claimant to serve. The potential Defendant can sit back and await developments. There is no duty on the Defendant to warn a Claimant that valid service of a claim form has not been effected.

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