Drawing of a bail hearing by video link

Video link bail hearings: limiting access to justice

News

PhD researcher Jo Hynes wrote this week about her observations on the use of video link technology in immigration bail hearings.

During her observations, bail was refused in 31% of the cases heard via video link and never refused in instances where cases were heard in person.

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Again we say, no one left behind

News

Amidst the turmoil of Brexit negotiations, the uncertain political timetables and seemingly more division than ever in our political world, has come a rare moment of unity.

Earlier this week, as the proposed Immigration Bill was debated in the House of Commons, there was cross-party support for (long overdue) detention reform.

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Detention and Dublin third-country cases

Legal Updates

This 2018 case in the Court of Appeal, Hemmati & Ors, looked at whether the Home Office had, prior to March 2017, been detaining people for the purposes of the Dublin procedure unlawfully.

The majority ruling of the court was that the asylum-seekers appealing had been held unlawfully and were entitled to damages.

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Detention centre walkway

Post-detention accommodation – briefing from BID

Legal Updates

Last month, the organisation Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) released a briefing on the current situation of post-detention accommodation.

Already a problematic area, post-detention accommodation is now a crisis situation following the changes made in January 2018 (which you can read about on our blog here) which included the abolition of Section 4(1) accommodation. This accommodation was provided by the Home Office to people released from detention with nowhere else to stay, and with no other forms of support available to them.

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