UK government to draft 150 judges to fast-track Rwanda appeals

UK government to draft 150 judges to fast-track Rwanda appeals

The UK government plans to redeploy 150 judges in order to fast-track appeals by asylum seekers against deportation to Rwanda, according to reports.

The proposed Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill will allow the controversial scheme – under which asylum seekers arriving in the UK will be deported to Rwanda and told to seek asylum there instead – to go ahead in spite of human rights issues identified by the Supreme Court last year.

While the bill will prevent appeals being brought by deportees on the basis of Rwanda not being a “safe country” or not meeting its obligations under the Refugee Convention, appeals can still be brought on the basis of their particular individual circumstances.

According to The Times, the government is expected to soon announce plans to move 150 judges from the First-tier Tribunal to the Upper Tribunal to hear these anticipated appeals.

The judges will also reportedly receive additional training, extra pay to sit on evenings and weekends, and will be supported by 100 additional civil servants.

The paper quotes a government source as saying: “The grounds on which claims could be made are exceptionally narrow and very few if any will succeed, but we’ve prepared the system to ensure there is no delay and the system is ready with spare capacity to deal with them quickly.”

Ireland’s Labour Party has questioned the Rwanda scheme’s compatibility with the Good Friday Agreement, The Irish Times reported yesterday.

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