West v Secretary of State for Scotland: SCS 1992

The court asked what was to be considered to be truly an application to the supervisory jurisdiction of the court.
Held: Lord President (Hope): ‘The public or private nature of the inferior body or tribunal is not decisive, nor is it necessary to enquire whether the decision of the inferior body or tribunal is administrative in character. The essential point is that a decision-making function has been entrusted to that body or tribunal which it can be compelled by the court to perform. As counsel for the respondent pointed out, the tripartite relationship in these arrangements is significant. The essential feature of all these cases is the conferring, whether by statute or private contract, of a decision-making power or duty on a third party to whom the taking of the decision is entrusted but whose manner of decision-making may be controlled by the court.’
The competency of an application to the supervisory jurisdiction ‘does not depend upon any distinction between public law and private law, nor is it confined to those cases which English law has accepted as amenable to judicial review…’.


Lord President (Hope)


1992 SC 385

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A prisoner sought an order for his removal from a prison found to have a regime which breached his human rights. The Crown replied that an order could not be made under s21 of the 1947 Act.
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CitedDavidson v Scottish Ministers HL 15-Dec-2005
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CitedAXA General Insurance Ltd and Others v Lord Advocate and Others SC 12-Oct-2011
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Scotland, Administrative

Updated: 01 May 2022; Ref: scu.237558