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Oxford City Refugee Week: Immigration Detention on Trial

Immigration Detention Event 22 June

As part of Refugee Week, the Campaign to Close Campsfield is holding a public meeting at Oxford Town Hall on 22 June at 19:00–21:00

Speakers:

Alison Harvey, Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association
Speaker with experience of detention, Movement for Justice
Gill Baden, Bail Observation Project
Eiri Ohtani, Detention Forum

The injustices of immigration detention are increasingly in the spotlight. Continue reading

Still a Travesty: Justice in Immigration Bail Hearings – What can you do?

Dear Reader

If you feel outraged by what you have read in this report,

THERE IS SOMETHING YOU CAN DO!

On page 31, a comparison of Tables 3 and 4 suggests that there is a measurable ‘observer effect’.  A higher percentage of people were released on bail in cases that we observed than the annual average percentage provided by the HM Courts and Tribunals Service.

So, we would urge you to go and observe Bail Hearings at your nearest Centre:

You can find out the addresses and details of hearings at

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20110206074952/http://www.tribunals.gov.uk/ImmigrationAsylum/HearingCentres/HearingCentres.htm

and the Daily Court lists at:

http://www.tribunals.gov.uk/ImmigrationAsylum/DailyCourtLists/dailycourtlists.htm

These courts hear asylum cases as well as bail cases.  Bail cases are signified by a number consisting of two letters and five digits, e.g. TY 12345.

If you do notice anything that you would like to comment on at a Bail Hearing, please send it to us at:

                        immigrationbailhearings@gmail.com

Before you go, we recommend that you read

1)     Chapter 1 in the report, entitled ‘Bail hearings and the immigration courts’, especially section 1.6  ‘What should be apparent in a fairly conducted hearing’, and

2)     The Guidance to judges on conducting Bail Hearings, available at http://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/tribunals/immigration-and-asylum/lower/bail-guidance-immigration-judges.pdf

With best wishes

THE BAIL OBSERVATION PROJECT TEAM

c/o 60 Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6AX – Tel. 01865 558145

London Launch – ‘Still a Travesty: Justice in Immigration Bail Hearings’

Launch of the second report of the Bail Observation Project
7 p.m. Tuesday 14 May 2013
Grand Committee Room, Houses of Parliament.
Room booked by Andrew Smith MP
Allow 30 minutes for getting through security

 For over 25,000 people detained each year in the UK under immigration law powers, to apply for bail is a fundamental right which they need to be able to exercise. This report, based on the observation of 220 bail hearings, shows how that right is curtailed and how the fairness of procedure in the bail court is gravely compromised.

Why we are continuing the project Gill Baden
What’s in the report Bridget Walker
Experience of the bail process Toomaj Karimi-Ayoubloo
An observer’s research perspective Caroline White
An immigration lawyer’s perspective Alison Harvey
Recommendations of the report Bill MacKeith
Discussion on the way forward

If you can, register your intention to attend at bmackeith@gmail.com

Still a Travesty: Justice in Immigration Bail Hearings

Launch of the second report of the Bail Observation Project
7.30 p.m. Tuesday 9th April 2013
Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB

For over 25,000 people detained each year in the UK under immigration law powers, to apply for bail is a fundamental right which they need to be able to exercise. This report, based on the observation of 220 bail hearings, shows how that right is curtailed and how the fairness of procedure in the bail court is gravely compromised.

Chair:    Professor Bridget Anderson
Professor of Migration and Citizenship  

Why we are continuing the project Gill Baden
What’s in the report Bridget Walker
Experience of the bail process Toomaj Karimi-Ayoubloo
A research perspective Melanie Griffiths
Recommendations and way forward Bill MacKeith
Discussion from the floor. Chair: Closing remarks

Register your intention to attend  at communications@compas.ox.ac.uk

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