No-notice removals have been suspended following a legal challenge brought by Medical Justice. The no-notice policy has been covered here previously and was the subject of a damning judgment by Mr Justice Collins when two children were taken from foster care by UKBA without warning for same day removal.
The policy was that 72 hours notice of removal must normally be given, other than in the following circumstances (see section 3 of Chapter 60 of the Enforcement Guidance and Instructions):
- Certain medically documented cases
- Certain cases involving children
- Certain cases where swift removal is required because of the best interests of another
- Certain cases where swift removal is required to maintain order in removal centres
- Where the removee consents to early removal.
These exceptions have all now been suspended by an interim injunction pending the outcome of the legal challenge, listed for two days starting on 15 June 2010.