Fast track deportation without access to legal counsel is illegal

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 27 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4072
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    The UK government’s policy of fast track removal of some failed asylum seekers, including unaccompanied children, is illegal because it denies them access to justice, the High Court has ruled.

    The ruling is a victory for Medical Justice, a charity that provides independent medical and legal advice to detainees in immigration centres, which sought judicial review of the policy.

    Medical Justice claimed that the UK Border Agency was increasingly making use of the policy it introduced in March 2007 and extended in January this year. The general policy is to give 72 hours’ …

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