Judicial Review Deadlines in the Upper Tribunal

The UK Government has introduced a new Judicial Review policy for the immediate strike out of Judicial Review applications where applicants fail to meet time limits set for Judicial Review applications. There is no change in immigration law however and this new time limit provision has been introduced only on the Judicial Review application forms under judicial policy.   

Judicial Review Deadlines

The new time limits mean applicants must fully understand the Judicial Review process and ensure they obtain legal advice as there are always procedural rules and costs consequences to bear with these applications. In addition to the time limits set for Judicial Review applications; where more than one application is being made at the same time (and thus in bulk) these must be lodged before 1pm or they will be rejected as out of time. These new judicial policy changes can cause difficulty for detained applicants unable to obtain legal advice with imminent removal directions pending. This new hurdle for applicants which will present itself in the Upper Tribunal means applicants must be clearly guided and knowledgeable in such proceedings or risk bearing the costly consequences.

Successful Judicial Review Applications

There is often a misconception by businesses, entrepreneurs and  applicants alike that law firms without specialisation in immigration law will be in a position to handle the complexities that follow the immigration process. Immigration tribunals are flooded with Applicants who are left vulnerable by what is now a shockingly familiar and depressing pattern in which legal representatives demonstrate a remarkable lack of knowledge and complete disregard for the substantive and procedural rules governing immigration law.

A lack of knowledge demonstrated by some law firms means Judicial Review applications are often made in an incorrect way or with incorrect documents at the initial stage. These may then be immediately rejected by the Home Office and (unlike a refused application which can carry a right of appeal) deemed invalid. This could leave an applicant in muddy waters as they may well find themselves in detention facing imminent removal and if not in detention they may be deemed an overstayer unless corrective action is taken. This can cause unnecessary delay for applicants who do not have the benefit of specialised and professional legal advice.

Choosing the right law firm from the beginning will not only allow for an easy mind in preparing for an application, but will also mean that in the long run applicants will save time and money with a specialist law firm who follow the strict letter of the law and the Solicitors Regulations Guidelines.

Our team of experienced and professionally qualified immigration solicitors and barristers

Our team bear in mind the paramount duty of all legal representatives to act in your best interest whilst complying with the strict letter of the law. Our team of specialists can be distinguished from other law firms with our client tailored approach and scrutiny of options available to you from the outset. We will be able to advise you in respect of the merits of your Judicial Review application by providing you with advice from our leading team of barristers before your matter even reaches the Immigration Tribunal.

If require UK immigration advice regarding Judicial Review you can contact us to discuss your case so that we can provide you with a case assessment. To contact one of our Immigration Solicitors or Immigration Barristers please complete our legal case assessment form and we will get in touch or call us now on 0845 8622 529 for a free telephone assessment and free case assessment.

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