Judicial Review where Medical Justice is the claimant
2009 : Access for independent doctors to immigration removal centres
UKBA and its contractor, Serco, at Yarl's Wood detention centre tried to further restrict tight access to detainees by independent doctors. Our efforts to talk to UKBA failed, so we started Judicial Review proceedings against UKBA and Serco. The case was settled out of court with UKBA withdrawing most of its restrictions, thus preserving detainees' rights to access independent doctors.
2010 : UKBA's 'zero-notice' removals policy quashed
Medical Justice brought a legal case against UKBA on its 'zero-notice' removals policy. In July 2010 the High Court quashed the UKBA policy.
Immigration officers had been descending on vulnerable people late at night and transporting them under guard to early morning flights a few hours later with no access to legal advice. The policy applied to vulnerable categories of people, including unaccompanied children and those considered to be a suicide risk. We know that UKBA were relying on the policy to remove families now that the detention of children is more restricted.
UKBA appealed the High Court decision in the Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal upheld the High Court's decision in November 2011. UKBA stated its desire to appeal to the Supreme Court but in February 2012, they confirmed that they were no longer intending to appeal.
2011 : Litigation regarding failures of UKBA and its contractors regarding Rule 35 of the Detention Centre Rules
Medical Justice issued a Letter Before Claim regarding rule 35 in April 2011.
2013 : Pre-action letter regarding torture definition
Medical Justice issued a Letter Before Claim challenging the Home Office narrowing of the definition of torture. The definition was boradened back out.