The Home Office appears to becoming a serial lodger of appeals and getting away with it.
I have a stash of recently allowed appeal decisions with a corresponding number of clients anxiously awaiting the outcome of Home Office permission applications lodged in the First Tier Tribunal. It cannot be the case that all the FTT Judges who allowed “my” several appeals heard in the last few weeks are getting it wrong. If that is so then there is a serious problem …….somewhere.
“I am yet to take instructions on the point, Sir”
This should hopefully never be heard uttered again in the Tribunal by Home Office Presenting Officers upon a Judge making enquiry about relevant changes in the law or current Home Office policy. I say this following the Court of Appeal’s judgement in Koori & Ors v The Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 552. The Court’s view in effect was that although both Appellants and the Secretary of State should attend appeal hearings fully prepared in terms of the law, however, in particular where matters of statutory changes are concerned, the greater responsibility lies upon the Home Office Presenting Officers. This surely is correct and it is surprising that it has taken so long for this to be stated in a judgement.
The Court of Appeal’s judgement in MM (Uganda) & Anor v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 450 was published on 7 June 2016.
As identified by the Court, the principal focus of the two appeals before them ( MM and KO) was in relation to the meaning of the term “unduly harsh” in paragraph 399 of the Immigration Rules and section 117C(5) of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002. The Court acknowledged that there are conflicting decisions of the Upper Tribunal on the meaning of the term “unduly harsh”. It was further noted that a number of prospective appeals in the Court of Appeal awaited the Court’s judgment in these two cases.
Muhammad Ali has died. Why should his death have such an effect upon me (and others)? Sometimes, it takes a great mans’ death to seek to know more about him.