MCP Advocacy and litigation Detention


Policy, research & litigation:





  • Lord Chancellor v Detention Action [2015] EWCA Civ 840
    With support from the Strategic Legal Fund, Migrants' Law Project (representing Detention Action) successfully challenged the Detained Fast Track system in the High Court, which ruled in early June that the system contained 'structural unfairness.' The Court of Appeal the upheld the High Court's decision, but went further and ordered an immediate halt to the Detained Fast Track system. In response to judgments from both courts in June 2015, the government has temporarily suspended the fast track procedures.

Other research

  • SLF supported Bhatt Murphy Solicitors, working with Medical Justice, on a six month project to undertake research to develop challenges to human rights breaches and unlawful policy and practice faced by children and pregnant women who are subject to enforced removal. The project has particular focus on the use of force and the use of immigration detention. Index to miscellaneous materials gathered during the project, consisting of correspondence and meetings concerning Home Office policy/practice.

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