Colin is away for two weeks

I’m off on holiday for a couple of weeks. A few blog posts are set up and scheduled and I’ll also try and keep a vague eye on things in case anything important happens in the immigration world. Back from 27 July 2015.

How to avoiding the dreaded float list in the immigration tribunal

The float list is dreaded by lawyers and hated by appellants. Basically, the immigration tribunal is already so under resourced (and that is before the coming cuts) and so utterly lacking in respect for immigrants and their friends, families and lawyers that a higher number of cases are listed to be heard on a given […]

New Senior President of Tribunals appointed

There is to be a new Senior President of Tribunals: The Rt Hon Sir Jeremy Sullivan, Senior President of Tribunals, is to retire on 17 September 2015. Her Majesty The Queen is pleased to approve the appointment of The Rt Hon Lord Justice Ryder (Sir Ernest Nigel Ryder) as the Senior President of Tribunals with effect from […]

Delays in immigration hearings allegedly caused by funding dispute

There have been rumours over the last week that the number of hearing rooms for immigration, asylum and deportation cases is to be drastically reduced from August 2015. Well placed sources report that in London the total number of hearing rooms will be reduced to 7 including 2 bail courts at Taylor House, from around […]

New inspection plan announced for Chief Inspector for Borders and Immigration

The new Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, David Bolt, has announced his programme of inspections for 2015-16: An inspection of the effectiveness of the administrative review systemintroduced in 2014 to replace in-country rights of appeal. An inspection of Border Force operations at Manchester Airport. An inspection focussing on how intelligence is assessed, acted upon and disseminated across the […]

Professional guidance on dealing with litigants in person

The Bar Council, Law Society and CILEX have published joint guidance for lawyers and clients and litigants in person on legal proceedings where one of the parties is a litigant in person. Solicitors should ensure they do not attempt to claim that which cannot properly be claimed. Which includes costs.

Guide to proving a domestic violence case

CHAYN have produced a guide for non-lawyers on How to build your own domestic violence case without a lawyer.  The guide goes step by step through the types of evidence and how to construct the case.  It is also useful for lawyers trying to demonstrate the domestic violence suffered by their clients and is available here.