About test cases

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A test case is a legal challenge where the outcome will have significance not only for the person bringing it, but for others too.

Test cases seek to:

  • obtain a ruling on an untested point of law, or
  • overturn or confirm a prevailing judicial interpretation.

Why test cases?

By bringing test cases, CPAG aims to improve the interpretation of the law so it promotes the rights of claimants -  in particular families with children. We want to secure fairness in the system and ensure that benefit provision is as widespread and generous as possible.

Test case criteria

CPAG takes on a small number of test cases each year in line with our test case strategy. We focus on cases that have the potential to improve the lives of families with children in poverty.

CPAG is a small organisation with limited resources, and we do not advise members of the public directly. We provide advice to advisers, and we accept referrals for test cases from other organisations, if they fit our criteria and we have the resources to take them on.

Unfortunately we cannot take referrals for test cases from Scotland. CPAG’s only solicitor is based in London and we cannot apply for legal aid in Scotland or instruct counsel there.

Public law cases

CPAG has a contract with the legal aid agency to take on 20 public law cases a year

 

If you are an adviser and you would like to refer a test case to us, please see our referrals page.