There have been a lot of hits on this site from people looking for news about the Zimbabwe test cases. The latest news is that last week’s hearing is now over. The panel consisted of Mr Ockelton (Deputy President of the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal), Dr Storey (in charge of the country guideline system) and Mr Southern (about whom I know nothing).
The team for HS had until today to send in a written response to the Home Office’s submissions. Apparently the panel indicated that a decision will be made sooner rather than later, so the HS legal team are expecting an outcome before the end of August.
Mr Ockelton heard the original AA (Zimbabwe) case, which was allowed but overturned on appeal. Mr Southern wrote the decision for the subsequent re-hearing. He dismissed that, but his decision was also overturned by the Court of Appeal. Where does that leave us? Well, I’m sorry to say that Dr Storey is not exactly known as a force for liberalism in the AIT these days.
In any event, it seems highly likely that the losing side will appeal this decision when it emerges. Given the mass of evidence, it will prove difficult for the panel to write a determination without any chinks in its armour. The saga will no doubt continue.