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United Kingdom: Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC)

The Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) is a superior court of record created by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission Act 1997. It deals with appeals in cases where the Secretary of State for the Home Department exercises statutory powers to deport, or exclude, someone from the UK on national security grounds, or for other public interest reasons. SIAC also hears appeals against decisions to deprive persons of citizenship status, under the British Nationality Act 1981 (as amended). The presumption is that SIAC hearings are heard in open court and the public and press can attend. The judge can decide to hear evidence in closed sessions. Most of the cases before SIAC are under anonymity orders so the individuals cannot be named. Appellants can apply to SIAC to waive their right to anonymity. Onward appeal from SIAC is to the Court of Appeal on points of law. Website: www.siac.tribunals.gov.uk/
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Ajouaou and A, B, C and D v. Secretary of State for the Home Department

Appeals against certification by the Secretary of State for the Home Department as suspected international terrorists. The determination deals with the generic legal and factual material in those appeals. The Commission's conclusions on each of the individual Appellants are available at: Ajouaou v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (SC/10/2002); C v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (SC/7/2002); D v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (SC/6/2002); A v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (SC/1/2002) .

29 October 2003 | Judicial Body: United Kingdom: Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Convention against Torture (CAT) - Criminal justice - Deportation / Forcible return - Evidence (including age and language assessments / medico-legal reports) - Immigration Detention - Jurisdiction - National security / Public order - Rule of law / Due process / Procedural fairness - Standard of proof - Terrorism | Countries: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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