Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2012] All ER (D) 69 (Apr)
Neutral Citation: [2012] EWHC 257 (Admin)
Court: Queen's Bench Division, Administrative Court (London)

Wyn Williams J

Representation Gordon Lee (instructed by Sutovic & Hartigan Solicitors) for the claimant.
  Katherine Olley (instructed by Treasury Solicitor) for the Secretary of State.
Judgment Dates: 13 January 2012


Immigration - Asylum seeker - Certificate of travel - Claimant Sudanese national seeking asylum - Claimant subsequently travelling abroad on Sudanese passport - United Kingdom Border Agency losing claimant's passport - Claimant seeking certificate of travel - Defendant Secretary of State granting claimant restricted certificate of travel - Court ordering issue of less restricted certificate of travel - Claimant seeking variation of court's order and unrestricted certificate of travel due to risk of death or injury - Defendant opposing issue of unrestricted certificate of travel to claimant given possibility of claimant exceeding dual purposes of travel - Whether unrestricted certificate of travel should be issued - Whether defendant's decision reasonable and rational.

The Case

Immigration Asylum seeker. The Administrative Court, in varying the claimant's Sudanese national certificate of travel (COT), held in the circumstances, that the defendant Secretary of State's view that a COT should be restricted only to Sudan and Egypt was unreasonably restrictive.

Practice Areas

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