Update on the Judicial Review process and the #Hackneyspeaks initiative
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Dear all
We had scheduled a Stokey Local meeting for the 20 May as we anticipated that our first judicial review would be heard the day before. However, as the purpose of that hearing has changed, it is very unlikely that there will be anything significant to report. As a consequence the 20 May meeting is postponed.
It seems that the old saying that the wheels of justice turn slowly is correct. After complex written arguments a judge has decided not to hear either of the judicial reviews on 19 May, but rather resolve some procedural issues. In particular deciding:
  • whether our second judicial review application (JR2) has sufficient merits to go to a full hearing
  • what level of documentation the Council should be required to ‘disclose’ to us,
  • whether to grant a cost cap for JR2 and if so what level (if the judge does not grant a cap on costs then it is unlikely we will be able to proceed, because Nick, as the claimant, would become liable for paying the Council's and Newmark's legal bills if the judicial review is not granted.
  • what happens if JR2 is denied permission to go forward (the developer will have only a very limited interest in the outcome of JR1 as they only need one legitimate decision to proceed)
  • whether the two cases should be heard together, and when.
A full copy of the judge’s case management order is reproduced below.
Once we know more we will update people, both on the events at the procedural hearing, and on when we plan to reconvene the meeting.
On a separate matter

On May 22 we go to the polls to elect, a Hackney Mayor, local councillors and our members of the European Parliament.
Hackney Unites has been hosting a series of ‘question time’ style debates with local politicians. There are two remaining. On Wednesday at 7pm at St Michael and All Angels church (corner of Fountayne Road and Northwold Road) the local candidates for the new Cazenove Ward will discuss their party’s policies and answer questions from the community. You can just turn up and join in on the evening.
Then on Thursday 15 May, at 6:30pm at Hackney Town Hall, Mare Street (not Stoke Newington) the candidates for Mayor will be answering questions. Given the high level of anticipated demand, if you want to attend this event, you will need to register here.
You can also help spread the word by posting on twitter using the hashtag: #hackneyspeaks, or by liking the Facebook page

Court order

The following is from the court order made by the judge, Mr Justice Ouseley:

The substantive hearing listed on 19 May 2014 for 13423/2013 is vacated to a date to be fixed.
The hearing on 19 May will decide
  • the application for permission in 1377/2014,
  • the Claimant's application for disclosure in each continuing action of the unredacted viability assessment, the Defendant’s consultants review and related documentation, and
  • the application for a costs cap In 1377/2014.
  • if it remains relevant the judge will also make any further case management or other directions as seen fit in the light of that permission decision.
  • The judge will also resolve the issue over the participation of all parties at the substantive hearing of 13423, should it proceed if permission is refused in 1377.
  • That judge will decide whether, if permission is granted in 1377, it should be linked with 13423, though that appears to be the consensus, and in view of the adjournment, the most sensible course of action.
  • The revised date for the hearing of such substantives as proceed, will be expedited for this significant case(s).

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