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Grounds of appeal in one stop appeals

Grounds of appeal in one stop appeals

Do not be fooled by the first judgment in AS (Afghanistan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2009] EWCA Civ 1076 by Lady Justice Arden. She holds that the appeal should be dismissed, but is out-voted by the rest of the bench, Lord Justice Moore-Bick and Lord Justice Sullivan.

The judgment concerns the nature of appeals and the convoluted link between rights of appeal and grounds of appeal created unnecessarily in the 2002 Act at sections 82 and 84. By a majority, the Court holds that as long as there is a right of appeal then any ground of appeal can be argued, no matter what the nature of the decision appealed against. For example, if a decision is made to deport an individual, that person can appeal on all available grounds, including race relations, EEA law, refugee grounds and so on.

I was surprised and slightly alarmed to read in Arden LJ’s judgment that there was even an argument that this was not the legal position. I always assumed that it was and have blithely assured immigration judges and instructing solicitors of this on several occasions in the past.

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