The Ministry of Justice recently published an amendment of the Tribunal Procedure with measures aimed at stopping failed asylum seekers absconding.
The amendment to the procedural rule which was laid before Parliament on 9th June 2014 and coming into force on 30th June 2014 allows Tribunals to serve its notice of decision only to the Home Office who will then serve the notice on the appellant.
This amendment is applicable to both First-tier and Upper Tribunals in an asylum case.
Prior to the amendment appellants and the Home Office are notified of the immigration tribunal’s decision at the same time.
With the new measures, the Home Office now have the duty of notifying the appellant of the decision of the Tribunal.
The implication of this is that the Home Office now have the blank cheque to take whatever measure it deems fit including a decision to detain failed asylum seekers even before they are aware of the decision of the Tribunal.
According to a report in The Telegraph earlier this week, Mark Reckless, a Conservative MP has already described the amendment as measures aimed at stopping failed asylum seekers to abscond.