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Wade & Forsyth's Administrative Law

Wade & Forsyth's Administrative Law (12th edn)

William Wade, Christopher Forsyth, and Julian Ghosh
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date: 30 November 2023

p. 50517. Boundaries of Judicial Reviewlocked

p. 50517. Boundaries of Judicial Reviewlocked

  • Sir William Wade, Sir William WadeAn Honorary Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn, Formerly Master of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, Rouse Ball Professor of English Law in the University of Cambridge and Professor of English Law in the University of Oxford
  • Christopher ForsythChristopher ForsythAn Academic Bencher of the Inner Temple, Formerly Quondam Director of the Centre for Public Law, Professor of Public Law and Private International Law, University of Cambridge Extraordinary Professor of Law, University of Stellenbosch, Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge
  •  and Julian GhoshJulian GhoshAn Ordinary Bencher of Lincoln’Inn, Bye Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge; Preceptor of Corpus Christi, Cambridge; Visiting Professor of King’s College, London Member of One Essex Court


This chapter discusses the scope of judicial review. Judicial review is a procedure for obtaining the remedies specified in the Senior Courts Act 1981, namely the quashing order, the prohibiting order and the mandatory order, and declaration and injunction. The scope of judicial review, therefore, is the same as the scope of these remedies. Their boundaries, as set out already, are fairly clear, but in the non-statutory area they are uncertain.

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