Court of Appeal halts deportation of detainees from two detention centres on access to justice grounds


The Court of Appeal last night halted the deportation to Jamaica of detainees in Harmondsworth and Colnbrook detention centres, on the basis that they had not had access to legal advice and representation for the minimum notice period required by the Home Office’s own policy. In an urgent out-of-hours order, the Court of Appeal prohibited deportation on this morning’s scheduled flight of any detainee in the two detention centres who had not had access to a functioning, non-O2 mobile phone since 3 February 2020, following weeks of signal problems in the Heathrow area caused by a malfunctioning O2 mast that has prevented detainees from communicating with lawyers.

Chris Buttler and Jessica Jones acted on behalf of Detention Action, instructed by Duncan Lewis solicitors.

For more information see The Guardian article.