Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Central London County Court: Will the Parliamentary Ombudsman have to investigate the Court's failure to send us a copy of the Greater London Authority's application to contest the court's jurisdiction?

County Court at Central London, Royal Courts of Justice

On 11 September 2015 the Central London County Court issued Declan's claim against the Greater London Authority (GLA) for terminating our eligibility for our flat without the right of review or appeal. A month later Declan was informed by the Court's telephone service that he wouldn't receive a copy of GLA's application to contest the court's jurisdiction from the Court until a hearing date has been given. In the off chance his case is dismissed on paper only without a hearing, it was agreed that he would need to submit a subject access request (SAR) to the Court if he wanted to be sure of having a sealed copy of GLA's application for an appeal. This morning the Information Commissioner's Office upheld Declan's complaint against the Ministry of Justice for mishandling his SAR. However, we remain aggrieved in regard to the Central London County Court's failure to send us a copy of GLA's application without a SAR, and it is Declan's intention to ask our local MP, Shadow Communities Minister Lyn Brown, to refer our complaint to the Parliamentary Ombudsman should Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service Complaint Handling and Enquiries Team not provide us with a satisfactory explanation. This is Declan's latest to the Ministry of Justice on the matter:

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Related blog post (13 October 2015): "Letter of complaint re County Court at Central London: What will it take to get the Mayor of London's Greater London Authority's Acknowledgment of Service?"