The High Court of Justice in London has issued an injunction today preventing Conservative-run Surrey County Council proceeding with plans to create Community Partnered Libraries in 10 communities across Surrey (See About SLAM tab for details of libraries).
The injunction was issued by The Hon Mr Justice Wyn Williams and orders that:
The Defendant [Surrey County Council] shall take no irrevocable steps towards implementing the Community Partnered Libraries (CPLs) decision impugned in these proceedings until further order of this court.
The injunction was issued to stop CPLs being completely set up before we can seek permission for a Judicial Review.
We were surprised that the injunction was issued so soon – we were expecting this stage to last about three weeks – but see this as an endorsement of the strength of our case.
We are, nonetheless, very happy that this decision was reached and can begin to prepare the full case without worrying about SCC going too far with their plans.
We still need help with funding
If you can help at all with funding, we would be very grateful. Our case is strong and, should we win, our costs are likely to be returned to us. If that happens then we will return the money to whoever donated.
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