UK to strip immigrants of right to appeal deportation via judicial review | Judicial Review Bill


UK to stop immigrants from appealing their deportation via judicial review


Both immigrants and refugees are to be stripped of the right to appeal deportation orders in the High Court via judicial review, under a new crackdown to speed up “removals”. Which the European Union has expressed “deep concerns” over, after discovering EU citizens are being held in immigration detention camps in the UK.

Judicial Review Bill will overturn a Supreme Court ruling, which allowed tribunal decisions to be put forward before the High Court. Around 700 such appeals are pursued every year. The UK government admits it does not actually know the success rate of such cases, the Queen’s Speech stating: “We are investigating how many of these cases result in a successful outcome for the claimant.”

The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) said in a statement: “a grave injustice, not least because the Home Office regularly gets decisions wrong. People seeking protection in the UK deserve to have their voices heard, and their claims calmy and fairly assessed.” said Minnie Rahman, the organisation’s campaigns director:

Nazek Ramadan, director of Migrant Voice, said: “The government’s plans mean that a significant number of those who would have won their claim in the High Court could be deported. The government is taking legal rights away from people who need protection, with individuals deported to countries where they are at risk of harm or persecution. What does this say about us as a country?”

Many see the legislation as an attack on the power of the people to mount legal challenges, in direct revenge for a series of high profile, public, embarrassing court defeats during the Brexit harakiri.

Theresa May was taken to court for invoking the Article 50 exit notice without MPs’ approval and Boris Johnson, beside his long list of court cases, was humiliated when judges ruled his shutdown of parliament was illegal.

A claim that just 0.22 per cent of immigration judicial reviews are successful, made by the government in a review for the government, has been widely discredited, lawyers say. In fact, up to one in 11 was reported to result in victories, a figure that is now thought to be potentially higher when factoring in out of court settlements, after more complete data was used.

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