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Court of Appeal: Medical Justice challenge Home Office ‘no-notice’ immigration removals
Thursday, July 9th, 2020


Due to its high profile and legal significance, C2/2019/0050 FB (Afghanistan) -v- SSHD and C4/2019/2478 Medical Justice -v- SSHD has been selected for live streaming 7-9th July 2020 – you can watch the last day here.


Our legal team : left to right, Rakesh Singh (solicitor) and Alison Pickup (barrister) from the Public Law Project, Charlotte Kilroy QC, Tony Vaughan if Garden Court Chambers.


Watch the Medical Justice challenge of “no-notice” removals in Court of Appeal
Friday, July 3rd, 2020


You are invited to watch the Medical Justice challenge of “no-notice” removals in the Court of Appeal next week


Live-stream starts 10am Tuesday 7th July 2020 – listed for 3 days (i.e. 7-9th July inclusive)


Due to its high profile and legal significance, C2/2019/0050 FB (Afghanistan) -v- SSHD and C4/2019/2478 Medical Justice -v- SSHD has been selected for live-streaming which you can access by clicking the link above.

This case is about access to justice. The Home Office removal window policy enables it to refuse a migrant’s case and forcibly remove them from the UK within hours and in many cases without access to legal representation.  This has led to a series of deportations which the Home Office has acknowledged were unlawful.

Under the removal window policy we didn’t know whether our clients would still be in the country from one day to the next which made supporting them and planning casework even more difficult than usual. 

In March 2019, at Medical Justice’s request, the Administrative Court granted an injunction suspending the no-notice removals policy – this is making an enormous and vital difference in our ability to manage our casework and support clients.  All organisations and lawyers representing migrants subjected to removal notices are still benefiting from the injunction. Many thousands of migrants may have been affected.
This hearing is to appeal a ruling by the Administrative Court in September 2019 and ties together challenges brought by Medical Justice, represented by Public Law Project (PLP), and FB, an individual represented by Duncan Lewis Solicitors.  Medical Justice’s barristers are Charlotte Kilroy QC of Blackstone Chambers, Alison Pickup, PLP’s Legal Director and Tony Vaughan of Garden Court Chambers. The instructing solicitor is Rakesh Singh of PLP.          

MJ doctors speak out / HMIP releases worrying report / more news…
Monday, June 8th, 2020

Medical Justice’s Dr Mary Kamara and Dr Rachel Bingham speak out in the British Medical Journal

“It is important to recognise that immigration detention is inherently harmful to health, and we regard it as part of the “deeply dysfunctional system” that the authors refer to. Well-documented health and mental health risks of immigration detention predate the pandemic (7), but COVID-19 has added an unjustified additional risk to the health of detainees and staff. We hope that this small but vulnerable group of immigration detainees is not overlooked in any future public inquiry, especially in light of the fact that none are serving a criminal sentence – their detention is optional. Most of them cannot be deported due to the global lockdown so the risk to their health, and that of the staff, is entirely avoidable.”


Chief Inspector casts aspersions on the Adults at Risk policy
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

The first annual audit report by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration (ICIBI) into the operation of the Home Office’s Adults at Risk policy was recently published.
The Chief Inspector made a catalogue of criticisms.  We feel these were a polite way of saying the policy is a mess.


Detainees with mental health issues held in segregation for 2+ weeks then sent to either prison or hospital
Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) report on Heathrow IRCs was published 21st April 2020.  Extracts include the below :


Detained father with 3 year old cut his own wrist – hospitalised then released
Thursday, May 14th, 2020

This week the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) released its annual report on the Pre-Departure Accommodation (PDA) detention facility at Gatwick.


13 of the 15 families detained were later released, questioning why they were detained in the first place.


The father of a three year old cut his own wrist with a broken glass and was hospitalized before the family was released.



13th May 2020: The Brook House Immigration Removal Centre Public Inquiry
Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

From the Brook House Inquiry : “The Brook House Inquiry is investigating the decisions, actions and circumstances surrounding the mistreatment of detainees in Brook House from 1 April 2017 to 31 August 2017 as depicted  in the BBC Panorama programme ‘Under-Cover: Britain’s Immigration Secrets’ broadcast on 4 September 2017 (watch here) to understand what happened and make recommendations that prevent anything like it from happening again.


We launched our call for evidence on 21st April 2020 with a public statement from Chair Kate Eves, (watch here) and are working hard to reach anyone with information relevant to the Inquiry’s terms of reference.


11th May 2020: Medical Justice calls for release of all detainees
Monday, May 11th, 2020

Emma Ginn of Medical Justice speaks to Jon Ironmonger of BBC Look East and calls for the Home Office to release all remaining detainees

“They have already realeased hundreds of people, they have shown that’s possible, they should get on and release the rest.”

A detainee recently released from Brook House Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) says people who have been granted bail are being kept in centres and a detainee currently in Yarl’s Wood IRC speaks about the stress and confusion she and others are experiencing.

Content warning : use of force scene

07/05/2020 | BBC

Press release : HMIP report on Harmondsworth IRC – detention of torture
Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Press release : HMIP report on Harmondsworth IRC – detention of torture. In response to the HMIP report published 13/03/18


Medical Justice press release 20/09/17 – Dungavel death
Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

A detainee died in Dungavel immigration removal centre yesterday – the second to die in immigration detention in two weeks.>>