October
22
2019
Author
Dave Smith
New Report highlights Systemic Failings in the Immigration Bail system

The majority of the hearings were conducted by video-link, meaning the person was in a room at the detention centre, while the judge, interpreter, lawyer (if there was one), friends and supporters of the individual were in the hearing room in London.

The observations found a variety of judicial attitudes (“some judges seemed pro-detention and some seemed pro-granting bail”). The observers witnessed problems with interpretation, with many hearings being withdrawn because an interpreter was not present, or hearings proceeded with difficulty.

Unsurprisingly, given the withdrawal of Section 4 bail accommodation (which itself had many issues), the report notes there were multiple issues around accommodation. The students observed several hearings where bail would have been granted if an address had been provided.

The full report can be found here