Home office loses appeal over legality of fast track deportation without legal counsel

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 28 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7691
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

UK government policy of “fast-track” deportation for some migrants, including some unaccompanied minors, with less than 72 hours notice is unlawful, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Three appeal court judges dismissed the Home Office’s appeal from a high court judgment last year in a challenge by the charity Medical Justice to UK Border Agency (UKBA) policy adopted in January 2010 allowing removal on short notice in some cases. The cases included unaccompanied minors at risk of absconding, those where notification might create a suicide risk …

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