JG (Jamaica) v Secretary of State for the Home Department

Immigration – Deportation. The respondent Secretary of State made a deportation order against the appellant Jamaican national, who was a foreign criminal as defined by s 32(1) of the UK Borders Act 2007. The appellant contended that the decision to make a deportation order had been taken after the order had been signed, such that the relevant 'immigration decision' was unlawful. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, dismissed the appeal. It held, inter alia, that the appellant's argument wrongly confused the decision notice with the actual decision to make the order, which had been taken when an official signed it. The relevant 'immigration decision' was contained in the order itself. Further, where reasons had to be given for a decision, they could be explained after the decision was taken and it was acceptable for that to be done by someone who had knowledge of the reasons, even if not himself the decision-maker.

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