March 2014

Immigration Bill

We provided briefing to Peers on the Immigration Bill, expressing our concerns about plans to remove judicial discretion in cases which engage Article 8 of the European convention, namely the right to respect for private and family life, home and correspondence. The Bill proposes that "little weight should be given" to a private life or relationship when a person's immigration status is "precarious".

The Society is concerned that these new immigration measures to limit judicial discretion and human rights in the UK and may be incompatible with European human rights law.

Full details on the Bill and the Society's comments can be found here