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Asylum and Immigration Tribunal

Justice written question – answered on 20th February 2012.

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Photo of Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames Conservative, Mid Sussex

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many asylum and immigration-related cases were heard in the (a) first Tier of the Tribunal's Immigration and Asylum Chamber, (b) upper Tier of the Tribunal's Immigration and Asylum Chamber, (c) Administrative Court and (d) Courts of Appeal in England and Wales or the Court of Sessions in Scotland in the most recent year for which figures are available.

Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The First-Tier of the Tribunal's Immigration and Asylum Chamber heard 130,900 cases between April 2010 and March 2011; this includes appeals determined on the papers but excludes withdrawn cases.

The Upper Tier of the Tribunal's Immigration and Asylum Chamber heard 6,700 cases between April 2010 and March 2011; this includes appeals determined on the papers but excludes withdrawn cases.

The Administrative Court received 8,076 Immigration and Asylum applications between April 2010 and March 2011, all of which went before a judge for a decision. In addition, the court held 156 substantive hearings for immigration and asylum cases over this period.

The Immigration and Asylum Chamber covers the whole of the United Kingdom. The Administrative Court and Court of Appeal Civil Division cover appeals from England and Wales. Appeals from tribunals in Scotland are dealt with by the Court of Session, part of the Scottish Courts Service.

The Court of Appeal Civil Division asylum and immigration related cases are set out in the following table. I will write separately in response to your request for information relating to the Court of Session in Scotland.

  Number of asylum and immigration related cases heard between April 2010 and March 2011 in the Court of Appeal
Total number of permission applications determined on paper 642
Total number of permission applications determined at oral hearing (most of these will have been refused on paper first, so there is a duplication with the 642 figure) 234
Total number of full appeals heard 101

The table includes statutory appeals from the Upper Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber and appeals from the Administrative Court in immigration and asylum judicial review cases.

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