October
22
2019
Author
Bail Observation Project
Systematic failure: Immigration Bail Hearings 2019

The Bail Observation Project's report, based on 12 law students watching 55 bail hearings at Taylor House over six months, demonstrates a range of systemic failings in the way that ImmigrationnBail works in the UK.

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 The observers witnessed problems with interpretation, with many hearings being withdrawn because an interpreter was not present, or hearings proceeded with difficulty.

Probably due to 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