06 May 2020
"The Home Office tried to put pressure on judges to stop releasing migrants from immigration detention, it has emerged".
Home Office tries to lean on judges deciding immigration bail cases (Free Movement, link)
"An official letter from the department to a top immigration judge said that the Home Office was “somewhat surprised” that judges had agreed to release so many people on immigration bail during the coronavirus crisis.
The astonishing attempt to interfere with the independence of the judiciary was rebuffed by First-tier President Michael Clements, who replied “we decide bail applications in accordance with the law”.
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