Court has no “superhero” jurisdiction says Home Office in unlawful detention case – Free Movement

Posted April 2nd, 2015 in detention, expert witnesses, immigration, mental health, news by sally

‘In the case of Xue v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 825 (Admin) the Home Office claimed that the court had no “superhero” jurisdiction and could not or should interfere with the right of the Secretary of State indefinitely to detain a foreign national. Happily for the woman concerned, who was detained for two years at the Yarl’s Wood detention camp before being released and who during that time underwent a catastrophic decline in mental and physical health, Mrs Justice Laing disagreed. A finding of unlawful detention was made and some very limited damages were awarded covering only the final month of her detention.’

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Free Movement, 2nd April 2015