Appeal hearing

ⓘ Information card

After you have submitted (or “lodged”) your appeal, you will be sent a “Notice of Hearing”. This will tell you the time and date of the hearing, and where the hearing will be heard. It will also tell you if you will have a Case Management Review (CMR) hearing scheduled before the full hearing. This is a kind of pre-hearing, where the judge decides when the full hearing will be ready to go ahead.

Many people have to wait months, sometimes even a year, until their appeal hearing.

Hearings are in public, so when you have your hearing there may be members of the public in the room too. If you do not want your hearing to take place in public, because you fear for your safety or because of the sensitive nature of your case, you can request that the hearing takes place in private. You should do this well in advance of the hearing.

If you are representing yourself (you do not have a lawyer), remember to bring all the necessary documents with you. This includes your Notice of Hearing and any documents you want the judge to consider.

Your appeal will probably be heard by one judge. Occasionally, more than one judge will sit as a panel but this is unusual.

You may turn up for your hearing, and find out the Home Office are asking for an “adjournment” for some reason. If this is granted by the judge, the hearing will take place at a later date. You can also ask for an adjournment, but it is less likely to be granted.

If you have a lawyer, they will address the judge and give the legal arguments, but you will also have to give evidence. If you do not have a lawyer, see the Right to Remain Toolkit (Appeals section) for more information on representing yourself.

Now read the problem cards below. Discuss with a friend (or have a think if you’re doing this on your own) what you might be able to do in this situation. When you have finished discussing/thinking, click to reveal a suggested action.

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You are nervous about going to court (the Tribunal) for your appeal hearing.


⚠️ Problem card

The appeal hearing is being held at a court (Tribunal) far away and you cannot afford to travel there.


⚠️ Problem card

You have young children and you will be at the appeal hearing for many hours. You are worried about them having to wait all day at the Tribunal (court), and you do not want them to be in the appeal hearing as your story is upsetting.