Legal Update

Kensal Rise LibraryDates have now been set of the judicial review challenging the library closures.

The case will be heard on 19 and 20 July 2011 in the High Court on the Strand. It is possible that the case will overrun slightly (we estimated it taking 2 ½ days) in which case it will conclude on the morning of the 21st. I cannot say when judgement will be, I think the most likely scenario is that the judge will want to give it soon after the hearing, before the end of this month but that will be down to him or her. Either party, if they lose, can seek permission to appeal on a point of law, or because of the importance of the case. Applications for permission go to the judge who heard the case first and then, if they are refused, to the Court of Appeal.

In terms of next steps, the barristers and I are currently working on the skeleton argument – summarising the key features of our case and what we say in response to the Council’s Detailed Grounds of Resistance which I circulated a little while ago, some additional witness statements and gathering some further research and other evidence that may help. The skeleton argument should be served tomorrow under the directions but we are likely to apply for – and be granted – an extension of one working day as the Council was late in serving all of its material on us.

John Halford
Bindmans LLP

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