R (on the application of N) v Secretary of State for the Home Department

Immigration – Deportation. The claimant sought judicial review of his ongoing detention pending deportation. Little was known about his personal circumstances and basic questions had bedevilled the defendant Secretary of State's attempts to deport him. The Administrative Court held that, in the circumstances, the claimant's detention up until the date of the instant proceedings had been lawful. However, the Secretary of State faced new difficulties in deporting the claimant and it had become clear that there was no longer any realistic prospect of removing him within a reasonable timescale. Accordingly, applying settled law, the claimant's continued detention beyond the period needed to establish accommodation and to ensure compliance with bail conditions would be unlawful.

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