Taking legal action against the council

In some cases, you may be able to take legal action against the council over their decision. This is called a judicial review. You may be able to get accommodation from the council while the judicial review procedure is carried out.

An application for judicial review must be submitted within three months of the council’s review decision.

What is the procedure of a judicial review?

Judicial review is a type of legal action that can be used to challenge decisions made by public organisations such as the council. It is used to challenge the way that decisions have been made, rather than the decisions themselves. A judicial review can't impose its own decision on your case, but it can overturn the council's decision and make the housing department look at it again.

Where can I find out more?

If you want to take the council to court for a judicial review, you'll need to get expert advice from a solicitor. To find out more, read the page on judicial review in the complaints and court action section. This will tell you:

  • what judicial review is

  • how it can help you, and

  • where to get help if judicial review isn't appropriate in your case.

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Last updated: 9 April 2018

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