Clark v University of Lincolnshire and Humberside: CA 14 Apr 2000

A student had been failed after being falsely accused of cheating, but the academic review board, on remarking the paper marked it as zero.
Held: Where a University did not have the supervisory jurisdiction of a visitor, a breach of contract by the University was judiciable by the courts. They had not properly marked the paper as they were obliged to under the contract with the student. The availability of judicial review did not prevent an action in contract, but excess delay could have led to the proceedings being struck out. Decisions on applications for leave to appeal are not binding precedents. The court explained the effect of the Civil Procedure Rules on applications for certiorari as outlined in O’reilly v Mackman. Where the private law claim is based either wholly or substantially on ‘public law issues’, then normally the challenge to the public body should be made by way of judicial review. A failure to use that procedure will not be fatal to the claim. But if that procedure is not used and the challenge is made outside the public law challenge time limits, then the courts may refuse to allow that claim to be made in ‘private law’ proceedings, on the basis that the excessive delay is an abuse of process.

Woolf MR, Sedley LJ
Times 03-May-2000, [2000] 3 All ER 752, [2000] EWCA Civ 129, [2000] 1 WLR 1988
England and Wales
CitedO’Reilly v Mackman HL 1982
Remission of Sentence is a Privilege not a Right
The plaintiffs had begun their action, to challenge their loss of remission as prisoners, by means of a writ, rather than by an action for judicial review, and so had sidestepped the requirement for the action to be brought within strict time . .

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The claimant represented the interests of copyright holders, and complained that the defendant had failed to implement the Directive properly, leaving them unable properly to collect royalties in the music rental market. The respondent argued that . .
CitedStancliffe Stone Company Ltd v Peak District National Park Authority QBD 22-Jun-2004
The claimants sought a declaration. Planning permission had been confirmed for four mineral extraction sites by letter in 1952. In 1996, two were listed as now being dormant. The claimant said the letter of 1952 created on single planning permision . .
CitedDavidson v Scottish Ministers HL 15-Dec-2005
The complainant a prisoner sought an order that he should not be kept in conditions found to be inhumane. He had been detained in Barlinnie priosn. The Crown replied that a mandatory order was not available against the Scottish Ministers.
CitedRhondda Cynon Taff Borough Council v Watkins CA 12-Feb-2003
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CitedSher and Others v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police and Others Admn 21-Jul-2010
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CitedRuddy v Chief Constable, Strathclyde Police and Another SC 28-Nov-2012
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CitedLondon Borough of Lewisham and Others), Regina (on The Application of) v Assessment and Qualifications Alliance and Others Admn 13-Feb-2013
Judicial review was sought of the changes to the marking systems for GCSE English in 2012.
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CitedSiddiqui v University of Oxford QBD 5-Dec-2016
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Held: Strike out on the basis that the claim was . .

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Education, Contract

Leading Case

Updated: 10 November 2021; Ref: scu.79196