Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2002] All ER (D) 461 (Oct)
Neutral Citation: [2002] UKHL 41
Court: House of Lords
Judge:

Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, Lord Mustill, Lord Slynn of Hadley, Lord Hutton and Lord Scott of Foscote

Representation Sir Sydney Kentridge QC and Rick Scannell (instructed by Wilson & Co) for the claimants.
  Lord Goldsmith QC, David Pannick QC and Michael Fordham (instructed by the Treasury Solicitor) for the Secretary of State.
Judgment Dates: 31 October 2002

Catchwords

Immigration - Asylum - Asylum seeker - Detention at reception centre - Detention pending decision on claim - Legality of detention - Implementation of Secretary of State's policy on detention of asylum seekers whose claims could be decided quickly -  2, para 16 - European Convention on Human Rights, art 5(1).

The Case

The detention of asylum seekers for short periods at a centre which had been set up to deal quickly with straightforward asylum claims, in line with the government's plans to make the asylum process firmer, fairer and faster, was not illegal.

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