Fast-track asylum appeal system planned by government


Scripts to reintroduce time limits for the appeals of detained asylum seekers and tramontane criminals against removal from the UK have been unveiled.

A foregoing fast-track system was quashed in 2015 because judges said the dismisses were unlawful.

New safeguards, including a case management review and supported powers for judges, would be introduced under the government proposals.

The unrestricted Tribunal Procedure Committee will decide on the plans.

The rules intention apply to detainees who had appealed against a Home Office decision to get rid of them from the country, including foreign offenders and failed asylum seekers.

Below the old system, fast-tracked cases in the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Meeting-hall) were subject to time limits, meaning they could be achieved within 12 working days of an initial decision.

More stretch was allowed for appeals later lodged with the Upper Tribunal.

There has been no fast-track allurements procedure since.

Under the government’s proposals, the time between an introductory decision and conclusion of an appeal to the tribunal would be capped at between 25 and 28 write up days.

‘Better for detainees’

Justice Secretary Liz Truss said: “It is necessary that foreign nationals who have no right to remain in the country should be shed as quickly as possible.

“We must ensure that foreign criminals and fizzle out asylum seekers are not exploiting the justice system by attempting to stay in the UK after their applications have been rejected.

“Our proposals are also better for detainees as it wishes see their detention time cut.”

The Home Office said the system could go like a bat out of hell up about 2,000 cases a year and save the taxpayer an estimated £2.7m.

The Detained Accelerated Track (DFT) system was used to accelerate asylum cases that could be assertive quickly.

But the Court of Appeal upheld a finding by the High Court that the runs were unlawful because of the speed of the process and a lack of sufficient keeps for those making appeals.

The case was brought by campaign group Restraint Action.

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