The President of the First-tier Tribunal, Michael Clements, has decided that old appeals heard and dismissed under the Detained Fast Track should be re-opened and re-heard. You can read here a note by my colleague Raza Halim on the latest development, which is a decision by the President of the First-tier Tribunal to rehear several old appeals previously heard and dismissed under the Detained Fast Track system. The President’s decision can be downloaded here and a draft letter from the President for use by other appellants here.
As brief background, the system for hearing abridged appeals under the Home Office’s Detained Fast Track (DFT) was held to be unlawful by the High Court in June this year. An injunction was granted suspending new decisions under the DFT and then at the end of July the Court of Appeal confirmed the High Court decision. Immigration Minister James Broken-shire announced that the DFT was to be suspended and since then a series of judgments have been given declaring DFT decisions unlawful.