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26.07.11 | Benedicte Page
The High Court has rejected an application by an Isle of Wight resident to bring a judicial review claim over the island's library closures.
At a hearing in London today [26th July], His Honour Judge Pearl said the application had missed the requisite three month time period, campaigners reported.
A plea that the delay was caused by the Legal Services Commission, the body which awards legal aid, was not accepted. Judge Pearl is said to have told the court that he would have refused the application anyway, as the council had made its decision with "open mind" and with "due regard" to equality assessments.
Following the decision, IOW library campaigner Dave Quigley said: “We are holding the Legal Services Commission responsible for this due to their delays.”
An LSC spokesperson said: "The LSC does not accept that delays on our part caused this claim to fail. The claimants' solicitors have been on notice since the 6th of April that a significant community contribution would be required for the case to proceed. Both the applicant and the Isle of Wight community campaign group would have been aware of this."