We received some feedback that it is not clear what has happened regarding the legal action and what is going to happen. So we’d like to use this blog to clear everything up.
The next major step comes tomorrow afternoon, 2pm at the Royal Court of Justice in London, when Surrey County Council’s application to have the injunction lifted will be heard and decided upon.
Here is the timeline for the legal action:
December 29th 2011 – Public Interest Lawyers, on behalf of SLAM, write a letter to SCC pointing out serious discrepancies in the CPL decision-making process, alleging that SCC acted illegally in coming to their decision regarding the library service. The letter asks that SCC reconsider its decisions in this light.
January 17th 2012 – Public Interest Lawyers, on behalf of the claimant, Lucy Williams, lodge legal proceedings at the High Court, seeking permission for a Judicial Review of SCC’s decision to implement 10 Community Partnered Libraries (CPLs) across Surrey
January 20th – High Court Judge sees sufficient merit in the case to issue an Injunction preventing SCC from taking “irrevocable steps” towards setting up CPLs.
January 25th – SCC requests a hearing within 24-hours to reverse the injunction because the wording of the injunction is “ambiguous”. Request for hearing within 24 hours rejected by High Court. Appeal hearing scheduled for 2nd February
January 30th – PIL requests a further claimant is added due to SCC questioning the “standing” of original claimant.
February 2nd – High Court of Justice to hear SCC’s application to discharge the injunction, and also to hear the application to add second claimant to the case against SCC.
One week or two ahead – High Court of Justice will decide whether to grant permission for a Judicial Review into decision made by SCC in relation to setting up CPLs
Beyond that – If permission is granted, the Judicial Review will be scheduled.
Hope that helps and puts everyone in the picture.
We’ll post again tomorrow when we know the outcome of the hearing