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Judicial review is a type of court proceeding in which a judge reviews the lawfulness of a decision or action made by a public organisation. In other words, judicial reviews are a challenge to the way in which a decision has been made, rather than the rights and wrongs of the conclusion reached.
In asylum and immigration cases, that public body will usually be the Home Office. Some immigration and asylum judicial reviews in England and Wales are still heard in the High Court.
It is not really concerned with the conclusions of that process and whether those were ‘right’, as long as the right procedures have been followed. The court will not substitute what it thinks is the ‘correct’ decision. This may mean that the public body will be able to make the same decision again, so long as it does so in a lawful way.
If you want to argue that a decision was incorrect, judicial review may not be best for you. There are alternative remedies, such as appealing against the decision to a higher court.
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