In re R (Wardship: Criminal Proceedings): 1991

Lord Brightman said: ‘Although the prerogative jurisdiction of the High Court in wardship cases remains, nevertheless the exercise of that jurisdiction has been and must continue to be treated as circumscribed by the existence of the statutory code. Therefore, where the court perceives that the action sought of it is within the sphere of discretion of the local authority, there is generally no case for the existence of a wardship order. It is not the function of the High Court to supersede the statutory code, or to control the exercise by the local authority of discretions committed by Parliament to that body, or to supervise the exercise of the statutory powers of the local authority, except within the limits of judicial review.’


[1991] Fam 56


England and Wales

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Updated: 06 May 2022; Ref: scu.588166