Regina v Secretary of State for Home Department ex parte Fayed: CA 13 Nov 1996

The nature of the Secretary of State’s objections and a chance to reply are to be given if the Secretary intends to deny an application for naturalisation. Administrative convenience cannot justify unfairness. The court deprecated ‘fishing expeditons’ by those seeking a judicial review.
Woolf LJ MR said: ‘on an application for judicial review there is usually no [disclosure] because [disclosure] should be unnecessary because it is the obligation of the [defendant] public body in its evidence to make fresh disclosure to the court of the decision-making process.’
Woolf LJ MR
Times 18-Nov-1996, [1996] EWCA Civ 946, [1998] 1 WLR 763, [1997] INLR 137, [1997] 1 All ER 228, [1997] COD 205
British Nationality Act 1981 44(2)
England and Wales
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CitedCart and Others, Regina (on The Application of) v The Upper Tribunal and Others Admn 1-Dec-2009
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Updated: 15 April 2021; Ref: scu.140813