PRIVY COUNCIL REVERSE ITS PROPOSALS TO CHANGE ITS PROCEDURE

On 15 April 2024 the Privy Council began consulting on new Privy Council Rules which would significantly change the appeals procedure.[1]  On 17 May 2024 that consultation ended.

The proposed Rules involved a radical departure. The consultation proposed the idea of a “merits review” in a new Rule 23. In the most significant appeals the Privy Council decides (appeals where the Court of Appeal has granted leave or appeals where the Constitution permits appeals as of right), the Privy Council would now be permitted to dismiss these appeals- without ever holding a hearing where oral submissions are made.

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Richard Clayton KC