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Lindley, Anna (2022) ''Hit and miss'? Access to legal assistance in immigration detention.' Journal of Human Rights Practice, 13 (3). pp. 629-653.

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In the context of significant cuts to legal aid in the last decade in the UK, immigration detention remains in scope: indeed the argument that detention is legitimate rests partly on the claim that people can challenge it. Drawing on interviews with legal professionals combined with published data and reports, this article concludes that while the publicly funded Detention Duty Advice Scheme delivers advice and representation to many people held in detention, variations in access and quality give grounds for concern. Many people are also forced to rely on private solicitors, pro-bono provision and their own legal capabilities, raising questions regarding effective remedy and equality of access to justice. The article reviews the limited information available on representation types and rates, outcomes, and the wider impact of access to legal representation or the lack of it. The conclusion summarizes key points and explores ways forward.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: First phase of research was commissioned by the Bar Council of England and Wales
Keywords: migration, detention, legal aid, immigration removal centres, access to justice
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
ISSN: 17579619
Copyright Statement: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Journal of Human Rights Practice (2022), published by Oxford University Press, following peer review. The version of record is available online at: Re-use is subject to the publisher’s terms and conditions
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Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2021 15:41
Funders: Other

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