UK Immigration Courts: fresh observations from the Public Gallery

Two years ago trained members of the public attending immigration bail hearings published their first report, “A Travesty of Justice”. Today the Bail Observation Project reports again. Unfairness and lack of due process persist.

“I am not going to abscond.  I trust myself not to. This place is getting into me. Home Office can’t get travel documents. I beg you, I bow down, let me out of here.”

These were the words of a man from Gambia, who had been detained in an immigration removal centre and was applying for bail.  He had been held for seven months and this was his third application. Like the previous applications it was turned down. He was not physically present in the court but sitting alone in a room in Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre near Heathrow Airport. He was facing a screen which provided a video link to a hearing centre near London. He had no legal representative and no one to stand surety for him.  Continue reading “UK Immigration Courts: fresh observations from the Public Gallery”