Category Archives: Detention

NAO report: Home Office is not delivering value for money

The report on Immigration Enforcement by the National Audit Office (NAO) makes poor reading for the Home Office because it “does not yet have a full understanding of how its activities affect the progress those people take through each part … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal confirms £1 flat rate of pay in IRCs is lawful 

Badmus & Ors, R (On the Application Of) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWCA Civ 657 (20 May 2020) Sir Terence Etherton MR and Hickinbottom and Simler LJJ have determined in these proceedings that the … Continue reading

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False imprisonment: Supreme Court overrules Draga

DN (Rwanda), R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] UKSC 7 (26 February 2020)  In this important judgment, the Supreme Court overturned the Court of Appeal’s decision in Draga [2012] EWCA Civ 842 … Continue reading

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Supreme Court refuses to take “retrograde step” on the tort of false imprisonment

R (Jalloh) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] UKSC 4 (12 February 2020)  The Supreme Court unanimously dismissed the government’s appeal in Jalloh (formerly Jollah) concerning the law on damages for the tort of false imprisonment. The … Continue reading

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Systematic failure: Immigration bail hearings 2019, the view from Taylor House

The UK is the only country in Europe without a time limit on detention for immigration purposes, despite pressure from numerous campaigns. The burden is therefore on the applicant to show why he should be allowed out on bail while … Continue reading

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Recidivist offender from Italy unsuccessful in Supreme Court

Secretary of State for the Home Department v Franco Vomero (Italy) [2019] UKSC 35 (24 July 2019) In this longstanding dispute about free movement law and Directive 2004/38/EC (the Citizens’ Directive) dating back to 2007, the Supreme Court allowed the government’s appeal in … Continue reading

Posted in Article 5, Citizens Directive, Court of Appeal, Deportation, Detention, ECHR, European Union, Free Movement, Permanent Residence, Tribunals, UKSC | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Does EIG satisfy Dublin III on detaining asylum seekers? 

In Hemmati & Ors [2018] EWCA Civ 2122, the Court of Appeal held by a majority that the detention of five asylum seekers pending removal to other Member States had been unlawful because neither the Enforcement Instructions and Guidance Chapter 55 … Continue reading

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Case Preview: B (Algeria) v SSHD

The respondent “B” entered the UK illegally in 1993. He is probably from Algeria. But since he refuses to identify himself his real nationality is unknown. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court heard the SSHD’s appeal on the issue whether, … Continue reading

Posted in Article 3, Article 5, Bail, CFR, Court of Appeal, Deportation, Detention, Dyson JSC/MR, ECHR, Proportionality, Public Interest, SIAC, Terrorism, UKSC | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Deceptive Criminal from Sierra Leone Triumphs on Citizens’ Directive in Court of Appeal

R (Decker) v Secretary of State for the Home Department & Anor [2017] EWCA Civ 1752 (03 November 2017) These judicial review proceedings relate to the refusal of a residence card and the right approach to the validity of deportation … Continue reading

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Free Movement and Deportation: Nonjudicial Restrictions on the Right to Work are Lawful

R (Lauzikas) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWHC 3215 (Admin) (16 December 2016) Like countless other European citizens, the Lithuanian claimant, Lauzikas, came to the UK to work the construction industry. He entered the UK in … Continue reading

Posted in Citizens Directive, Citizenship and Nationality, CJEU, Deportation, Detention, ECHR, Employment, European Union, Human Rights Act, Immigration Act 2014, Notices, Proportionality, UKSC, Working | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sahrawi Asylum Seeker’s Detention Upheld

R (ML (Morocco)) v SSHD [2016] EWHC 2177 (Admin) (31 August 2016) The Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons 1954 expresses quite “profound concern” for stateless persons not protected by the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees … Continue reading

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Supreme Court on Detention, Deportation and Mental Illness

R (O) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] UKSC 19 (27 April 2016) Heaven knows: Yarl’s Wood IRC – the infamous British Gulag where pregnant women and children are locked up – may even make the likes … Continue reading

Posted in Article 5, Asylum, Deportation, Detention, ECHR, European Union, Immigration Act 2016, Judicial Review, Legal Aid, Nigeria, UKSC, Yarl's Wood IRC | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Supreme Court: EU Law Fails ‘Nuisance’ Algerian Criminal

R (Nouazli) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] UKSC 16 (20 April 2016) Algeria and immigration bring to mind the image of radical Islam. For example, in a decade long deportation battle involving six Algerian men which … Continue reading

Posted in Algeria, Article 3, Article 5, CFR, Citizens Directive, CJEU, Deportation, Detention, ECHR, European Union, Immigration Act 2014, Judicial Review, Proportionality, UKSC | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Case Preview: Belhaj v Straw

Belhaj and another (Respondents) v Straw and others (Appellants) UKSC 2014/0264 concerns allegations by a former opponent of Colonel Gaddafi and his wife that they were abducted and unlawfully taken to Libya in February 2004 and were both allegedly detained … Continue reading

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Child Asylum Seeker’s Detention Held Unlawful

AAM (A Child) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWHC 2567 (QB) (27 September 2012) This case has a lot of faces because the legal issues it raises are quite complex. There is a lot in the … Continue reading

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“Secret Detention”: Assurances and Effective Verification?

XX v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWCA Civ 742  In mid June 2012, the Court of Appeal (Lord Neuberger MR, Richards and Davis LJJ) unanimously upheld the Special Immigration Appeals Commission’s (SIAC) decision that the deportation … Continue reading

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Unacceptable Behaviour and Deportation – Part 1

Mahajna v Home Secretary (deportation hate speech – unacceptable behaviour) [2012] UKUT B1 (IAC)  This case was about much more than immigration. It was also about the problems of the Middle East. In fact, the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and the British authorities’ … Continue reading

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Case Comment: Shepherd Masimba Kambadzi (FC) (Appellant) v SSHD (Respondent) [2011] UKSC 23

The summarised facts of this case are that Shepherd Masimba Kambadzi (“SMK”), a national of Zimbabwe, arrived in the United Kingdom as a visitor with 6 months’ leave to enter on 30 October 2002. Subsequently, his leave was extended until … Continue reading

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Case Comment: SO (imprisonment breaks continuity of residence) Nigeria [2011] UKUT 164 (IAC)

In this case, the issue before the UTIAC was whether time spent in custody is to be counted in the five-year period which an applicant requires to qualify as the family member of an EEA national in order to acquire … Continue reading

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Children “at the heart” of family reunions

The government has announced its plans for a more “humane approach” to family reunions where the best interests of children will remain paramount. The immigration minister’s statement in relation to ending the detention of children from last December can be … Continue reading

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