Victory for Open Counsel: High Court grants permission to a full judicial review hearing

Barrister Ousman Noor represented a client Ms. C, detained at Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre and achieved a remarkable court victory.

Our client, Ms. C claimed asylum in the UK in April 2014 due to persecution on the basis of her sexual orientation in her country of origin. She has been in the detention centre for the last 10 months. It is important to note that she has never been charged with any offence.

After claiming asylum, Ms. C was put on the fast track. Her claim was heard and refused within two weeks. She then appealed against the decision which was decided and dismissed in both the First Tier and Upper Tribunal. Consequently, Ms. C submitted fresh evidence in support of her claim but the Home Office rejected any further submission. Immigration lawyers working on her behalf challenged the Home Office decision but a High Court judge denied any permission to proceed.

Following High Court’s decision, Ms. C’s previous immigration solicitors gave up on the case. At this stage, she contacted barrister Noor to represent her and challenge the court’s decision. Her case was listed for a 1 and ½ hour hearing on 4th February, 2015 at the Manchester Civil Justice Centre. Ousman Noor persuaded a High Court judge to grant permission to challenge the Home Office decision by judicial review. Eventually, the judge concluded that Ms. C had a reasonable case and decided that the matter should proceed to a full hearing.

Ms. C was literally ecstatic when she learned about the outcome of the case. This victory serves as a great success and inspires Open Counsel to continue its endeavours to improve access to justice for the most vulnerable in the society.


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