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(p. 207) 8. Jurisdiction Over Fact and Law 

(p. 207) 8. Jurisdiction Over Fact and Law
(p. 207) 8. Jurisdiction Over Fact and Law

Sir William Wade

and Christopher Forsyth

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date: 26 January 2021

This chapter discusses the objective boundaries of discretionary powers and the way in which the courts police them. Inherent in all discretionary power is the power to decide freely, whether rightly or wrongly, without liability to correction, within the area of discretion allowed by the law. Until fairly recently this liberty to make mistakes within jurisdiction extended to significant mistakes both of law and of fact. The extent to which both these classes of error have been brought within the scope of judicial review is explained.

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