All Articles: Procedure

New tribunal procedure rules from 20 October 2014?

At paragraph 4(b) of the newly laid Tribunal Procedure (Amendment No. 3) Rules 2014 is a reference to the Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) Rules 2014. These latter rules do not exist yet. As paragraph 4(b) ...

11th August 2014 By

Looks like appeal rights abolition is coming this autumn…

Large scale recruitment of deputies for the Upper Tribunal immigration chamber can surely only mean that a LOT more work is expected there in the near future? ...

7th August 2014 By

Ethnographic study of “culture of disbelief” at Taylor House

A fascinating study of power play and relationships inside and outside the hearing room has been published as a working paper by the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford: The culture of disbelief: an ethnographic approach to understandi ...

6th August 2014 By

Refusal rate for family visit visas jumped after appeals abolished

The refusal rate for family visit visa applications jumped by 6 percentage points in the period after abolition of appeal rights in July 2013. ...

31st July 2014 By

Detained fast track as presently operated unlawful

In Detention Action v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWHC 2245, Ouseley J considered a challenge to the lawfulness of the policy and practice applied by the Secretary of State in the operation of the detained fast track and conclude ...

15th July 2014 By

Upper Tribunal procedure rule amendment on service

The Tribunal Procedure (Upper Tribunal) Rules 2008 are to be amended from 30 June 2014 to ensure that one party to proceedings gets notice before the other and indeed is responsible for serving the other party. Because the proceedings are immigration ...

11th June 2014 By

“No right of appeal” human rights decisions

There can be few immigration practitioners who do not presently encounter decisions in relation to applications made on the basis of peoples’ private and family life which do not carry the right of appeal. In recent years the prevailing tendency has ...

2nd June 2014 By

Permission required to ensure public funding in JR proceedings

The Civil Legal Aid (Remuneration) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2014 came into force on 22 April 2014 with the effect that judicial review proceedings commenced on or after that day will not be funded unless: (a) the High Court or Upper Tribunal gr ...

19th May 2014 By

Immigration forms collection

The team at gov.uk are making definite progress with improving the immigration bits of the website. This latest collection of all the major immigration forms is very handy. ...

2nd May 2014 By

Child victims and protective measures

This jumped out at me from the newspaper the other day: People who may find it difficult to give their best possible evidence in a courtroom environment and all child victims will be considered in the pilot areas. This allows them to give evidence and ...

29th April 2014 By

Ved and another (appealable decisions; permission applications; Basnet) [2014] UKUT 150 (IAC)

Ved and another (appealable decisions; permission applications; Basnet) [2014] UKUT 150 (IAC) is a new case from the Upper Tribunal on the vexed issue of immigration applications the Home Office considers to be invalid. The tribunal takes the view tha ...

28th April 2014 By

Procedural fairness as an error of law

In a handy case that arrived just after I’d finished a Court of Appeal skeleton on the same subject, Mr Justice McCloskey has delivered another of his characteristically interesting determinations. This one is MM (unfairness; E & R) Sudan [2 ...

19th March 2014 By

New judgment on delays by Home Office in judicial review cases

The Upper Tribunal has in a new judgment [R (on the application of Kumar & Anor) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (acknowledgement of service; Tribunal arrangements) (IJR) [2014] UKUT 104 (IAC)] now set out how it will deal with the v ...

3rd March 2014 By

At Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre tribunal

Me: Any idea how long the first case on the list might take? Usher: Shouldn’t be long, there’s no lawyer for that one. ...

25th February 2014 By

Costs in immigration judicial review cases

There has now been a fairly substantial series of Court of Appeal judgments on the issue of costs orders in an immigration litigation context. These also have wider significance for other public law cases, but immigration law is currently dominating p ...

12th February 2014 By

New guidance on handling Home Office delay in judicial review cases

Routine, repeated delay in providing Acknowledgements of Service by the Home Office in judicial review cases reached such a pitch in 2013 that the court held a hearing into the matter (as previously covered on this blog). The Home Office blamed a rise ...

28th January 2014 By

Home Office should not have special litigant status

This determination was quietly released by the Judicial Office late last year. It is unusual for immigration cases to be publicised in this way. Presumably in this instance it was because of likely public interest in the final outcome rather than the ...

22nd January 2014 By

Withdrawn decisions survey

This is a very short survey to gather information for a possible legal challenge to the Home Office practice of withdrawing decisions late in the day and perhaps to the tribunal procedure rules, which provide for automatic termination of the appeal. W ...

14th January 2014 By

Delays by Home Office in judicial review cases

An important recent case slipped under my radar last year, mainly because it has not been publicly reported on one of the publicly accessible case law repositories like BAILII. The case is R (on the application of Jasbir Singh) v Secretary of State fo ...

9th January 2014 By

Duty to give reasons

MK (duty to give reasons) Pakistan [2013] UKUT 641 (IAC) is a corker of a decision from the incoming new President of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber of the Upper Tribunal, Mr Justice McCloskey. It is well worth a detailed read. Here, I just set ou ...

6th January 2014 By

More on judicial review transfer

Following on from two recent posts on this subject (Judicial review in the Upper Tribunal, Do not lodge Upper Tribunal judicial reviews by post if urgent), there has been another warning about the transfer of judicial reviews into the Upper Tribunal. ...

19th December 2013 By

Do not lodge Upper Tribunal judicial reviews by post if urgent

Following my previous post on Judicial review in the Upper Tribunal someone got in touch with a total horror story. She attempted to lodge a judicial review by fax to the Upper Tribunal. There was no initial response but on enquiry by telephone the ne ...

17th December 2013 By

Judicial review in the Upper Tribunal

Since 17 October 2011, some immigration judicial reviews have been heard in the Upper Tribunal. Until now this was confined to asylum fresh claims and disputed age assessments. From 1 November 2013 most new immigration judicial reviews are heard in th ...

12th December 2013 By

R (Ignaoua) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, CA

The Court of Appeal has held, overturning the decision of the High Court (see previous blog), that the issue of a certificate under section 15 Justice and Security Act 2013 does not have the effect of terminating existing judicial review proceedings. ...

11th December 2013 By

Home Office immigration tribunal advocacy

Two mundane, day to day things are getting my goat at the moment. The first is the mislabeled “cross examination” many Home Office Presenting Officers are trained into and allowed to get away with at court. The other is Presenting Officer ...

4th December 2013 By

Are asylum appeal hearings the same wherever they are heard?

Both parties and practitioners are entitled to expect that the practice and procedure of the court in which their case is heard will be consistent and fair irrespective of which court it is and where it is.  Yet a Freedom of Information Act 2000 requ ...

30th November 2013 By

Mohammed (late application-First-tier Tribunal) Somalia [2013] UKUT 467 (IAC)

Short procedural point to this one and the use of some invisible magic hats: Where an application for permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal is made to the First-tier Tribunal outside the prescribed period, rule 24(4) of the Asylum and Immigration ...

28th November 2013 By

R (Ignaoua) v Secretary of State for the Home Department

In R (Ignaoua) [2013] EWHC 2512, the Administrative Court held that under powers conferred by section 15 Justice and Security Act 2013 the Secretary of State can automatically and unilaterally terminate qualifying judicial review proceedings.  The a ...

13th November 2013 By

Residence test threatens access to justice for children

On Wednesday 23rd October 2013, Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights heard oral evidence on the government’s latest proposals to cut legal aid. The evidence was clear.  Those that will suffer the most from the proposals are society’ ...

8th November 2013 By

Administrative review success rates

The new Immigration Bill proposes removal of rights of appeal to an independent judge, to be replaced with  and replacement with ‘Administrative Review’ by one of its own staff. Immigration appeals have almost a 50% success rate according ...

4th November 2013 By

Appeals and the Immigration Bill

The new Immigration Bill (see Ronan’s previous post “Summary of clauses“) is so packed with nastiness that some really unpleasant parts of it – perhaps the whole of it – will make it to the statute book. No mainstream politician ...

31st October 2013 By

Home Office accused of ‘fixing’ asylum figures

The Observer has run a story on the use of withdrawal of appeals in order to hit success rate targets for Home Office officials. I’m quoted, as is the excellent James Packer of Duncan Lewis. For some background see previous post “Withdraw ...

27th October 2013 By

Legal challenge to residence test for judicial review legal aid

The excellent Public Law Project are launching the challenge with Bindmans acting as solicitors. The grounds of challenge look pretty plausible. ...

25th October 2013 By

Tony Blair (Hansard vol 213, col 43, 2 November 1992)

When a right of appeal is removed, what is removed is a valuable and necessary constraint on those who exercise original jurisdiction. That is true not merely of immigration officers but of anybody. The immigration officer who knows that his decisi ...

10th October 2013 By

Appeals to Court of Appeal from Cart judicial reviews

Just a quick note on this. As I previously mooted (‘Judicial review of Upper Tribunal‘), it is possible to appeal to the Court of Appeal from refusal of permission in a Cart-type judicial review of a decision of the Upper Tribunal to refus ...

25th September 2013 By

Injunctions for removal from fast track

One overlooked solution to the one way asylum fast track to refusal and removal is to seek an injunction preventing consideration under the fast track process. This option should be seriously considered where the client has good grounds for asserting ...

12th September 2013 By

Transfer of immigration judicial reviews to Upper Tribunal

It is finally almost upon us: the transfer of judicial review claims from the High Court to the Upper Tribunal will take place on 1 November 2013. In addition, applications for permission lodged after 9 September 2013, including those where permission ...

30th August 2013 By

Level playing field for extensions of time

Don’t let this one slip by unnoticed: Wang & Chin (Extension of time for appealing) [2013] UKUT 00343 (IAC) Colin recently alerted readers by way of a short post to the recently promulgated determination in Wang & Chin. If you have not done ...

6th August 2013 By

How not to write a determination

From the very first sentence of ML (Nigeria) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] EWCA Civ 844, one of the many end of term judgments issued last week, one knows there is going to be trouble: Of all the hackneyed phrases in the law, few ...

25th July 2013 By

Hope for Families Divided by the Income Threshold

Last week Monday, I represented a married couple in the husband’s immigration appeal in the First-Tier Tribunal instructed by Yomi Oni-Williams of Owens Solicitors.  I have the couple’s consent to write this post although there is no need for me ...

22nd July 2013 By

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