Press Notice No.4 of Session 2002-03 28 February 2003
ASYLUM AND IMMIGRATION APPEALS
The Committee on the Lord Chancellor's Department has resolved to undertake an inquiry into the immigration and asylum appeals process. Submissions are invited on any aspect of the appeals process, but the Committee will have particular regard during this inquiry to:
the extent to which recent reforms have produced any significant efficiency savings and/or improved the quality of the appeals process
the costs to public funds of supporting new appeals structures, such as the Asylum Support Adjudicators, and of supporting the extension of legal aid
the extent to which the Immigration Appellate Authorities could be made more efficient, without sacrificing fairness
whether the relevant procedure rules properly balance fairness and justice with efficiency
whether there is sufficient availability and provision both of legal advice and representation and of interpretation facilities for appellants in asylum and immigration cases
the extent to which "non-suspensive" appeals provide an adequate right of appeal.
Submissions should be sent to the Clerk of the Committee at the address above by
Friday 4th April. If possible, please supply an electronic version in MS Word or Rich Text format, either by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or on a disk. If submitted by e-mail or e-mail attachment, your covering e-mail should state clearly who the submission is from, together with relevant contact details, and a letter should be sent validating the e-mail. Attention is drawn to the guidance on the submission of evidence which can be found at www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/witguide.htm.
Please note that the Committee's terms of reference specifically preclude it from consideration of individual cases.
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