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Immigration Detention Centres

Inquests Into Deaths Which Took Place When Detained In An Immigration Detention Centre


As part of the Prison & Probation Ombudsman authority in detainee investigations, they conduct investigations into the deaths of immigration detention centre detainees. They will form a report which, when sent to the Coroner, will aid the inquest into their death.


If you are bereaved by the death of someone housed in an immigration detention centre you are entitled to legal advice pertaining to the inquest and the processes surrounding that. Duncan Lewis Action Against Public Authorities solicitors have extensive knowledge of the way inquests are conducted and your rights as an ‘interested person.’


In these sorts of inquests, an advanced inquest may be necessary, commonly referred to as the Middleton inquiry, since it refers to a more complex questioning of the ‘how’ the person died. It won’t be simply the facts i.e. ‘by what means,’ it will be by what means and ‘in what circumstances.’


In this circumstance, the inquest raises questions of human rights and may reveal potential negligence apparent in the immigration detention centre. In this case, the inquest will lead to a criminal enquiry which stretches beyond the powers of the Coroner.


It is important you understand your position within the inquest proceedings. In Duncan Lewis’ Action Against Public Authorities department, we have extensive experience within this area of law and can assist you through every stage of the inquest.


Once an inquest has been concluded, should you wish to appeal the decision, we can prepare you and appeal on your behalf. When an appeal cannot be met, we can apply for judicial review, where the case permits.


If you have been bereaved by the death of someone detained in an immigration detention centre and have queries pertaining to the inquest, contact Duncan Lewis Action Against Public Authorities solicitors on 0333 772 0409.

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