Impact of the Detained Fast Track suspension
On 2 July 2015, the Immigration Minister James Brokenshire announced he was suspending the Detained Fast-Track system, part of the asylum process. This was in response to several successful legal challenges. Read our blogpost on the announcement here.
Listen to this handy audio piece by Detention Action, the organisation that successfully challenged the Fast-Track in the courts, which explains what impact the suspension has had.
Dr Susannah Willcox, one of Detention Action’s advocacy coordinators, explains that around 70 people per day have been released from detention following the suspension.
“[People whose cases are currently in the Detained Fast-Track system] people who are waiting for a decision on their asylum claim or are going through the appeals process … there should be an assessment of the time-frame that’s required for them to get sufficient evidence to support their asylum claim or their appeals.
For people who are appeal rights exhausted, it means there is some scope for them to get legal advice on whether or not their asylum case and their appeals were heard in a way that was fair and lawful, or whether there are some aspects that can now be challenged in light of the suspension of the fast-track and the relevant judgments that have been handed down.”