Bar Council and Legislation Society warn that Prime Minister’s assaults on immigration attorneys are deceptive and harmful
14 June 2022
The Bar Council and the Legislation Society of England and Wales issued a strongly-worded joint assertion as we speak after Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentioned immigration attorneys had been “successfully … abetting the work of the prison gangs” by working for asylum-seeker purchasers going through elimination to Rwanda.
Talking about as we speak’s controversial first flight to Rwanda underneath the brand new UK-Rwanda migration partnership, the Prime Minister mentioned attorneys had been undermining the Authorities’s efforts to help protected and authorized routes for folks to come back to the UK and to oppose unlawful and harmful routes.
The Related Press (AP) quoted the Prime Minister as saying: “I feel that what the prison gangs are doing, and what those that successfully are abetting the work of the prison gangs are doing, is undermining folks’s confidence within the protected and authorized system, undermining folks’s basic acceptance of immigration.”
The Bar Council and the Legislation Society warned that such rhetoric towards immigration attorneys by the Prime Minister was deceptive and harmful.
“Authorized challenges guarantee authorities is appearing lawfully, following legal guidelines agreed by parliament. It’s deceptive and harmful for the Prime Minister to counsel attorneys who deliver such authorized challenges are doing something aside from their job and upholding the regulation. Anybody prone to a life-changing order has a proper to problem its legality with the help of a lawyer, who has an obligation to advise their consumer on their rights,” the our bodies mentioned in a joint assertion.
The Bar Council and the Legislation Society referred to as on the Prime Minister to cease attacking authorized professionals for merely doing their jobs.
Legislation Society vp Lubna Shuja mentioned final week: “To be clear, what the Legislation Society is advocating for is a rustic the place authorized rights can’t be overridden with out due course of, the place impartial authorized professionals serve the rule of regulation and preserve the federal government accountable.”
Following the most recent refusal to cease the Rwanda flight within the courts as we speak, the Supreme Court docket acknowledged that immigration attorneys had been “performing their correct operate”.
The assertion got here because the Supreme Court docket refused a last-minute enchantment as we speak following yesterday’s refusal by the Court docket of Attraction to overturn the Excessive Court docket’s resolution to not grant an interim injunction stopping the removals to Rwanda.
Lord Reed acknowledged in as we speak’s judgment: “The appellant is one in every of a variety of claimants who utilized to the Excessive Court docket on eighth June for permission to deliver an software for judicial overview of the Dwelling Secretary’s resolution that sure individuals, together with themselves, who’ve made claims for asylum in the UK needs to be eliminated to Rwanda in order that their claims for asylum will be decided by the Rwandan authorities. In bringing that software, the appellant’s attorneys had been performing their correct operate of making certain that their purchasers will not be subjected to illegal remedy by the hands of the Authorities.”
The primary flight to Rwanda was as a consequence of depart the UK after 10pm tonight with a handful of asylum seekers onboard. Nevertheless, in breaking news this night, the European Court docket of Human Rights granted an pressing interim measure underneath Rule 39 to cease the elimination of an Iraqi nationwide. The Court docket determined the applicant shouldn’t be eliminated till the UK courts have delivered their last resolution within the ongoing judicial overview proceedings on the lawfulness of the removals.
Additional authorized challenges adopted and it was confirmed by information media late tonight that the flight was cancelled and won’t depart.
Dwelling Secretary Priti Patel mentioned in response: “I’ve all the time mentioned this coverage won’t be straightforward to ship and am dissatisfied that authorized problem and last-minute claims have meant as we speak’s flight was unable to depart. It is extremely stunning that the European Court docket of Human Rights has intervened regardless of repeated earlier success in our home courts. […] Our authorized workforce are reviewing each resolution made on this flight and preparation for the following flight begins now.”