Following a rolled-up hearing in December 2018, the High Court has dismissed judicial review proceedings which sought to challenge the Secretary of State for the Home Department’s fixing of the rates of pay for detainees in immigration detention at £1 for most work and £1.25 for special projects: R (Morita & ors) v SSHD [2019] EWHC 758 (Admin)

The Claimants, all current or former detainees, had worked in detention centres and alleged that the rates of pay were exploitative, ultra vires and discriminatory, and that there were further legal errors in the Secretary of State’s decision making. Mr Justice Murray refused permission to apply for judicial review and dismissed the claims, finding that they had been brought out of time but that, in any event, they lacked merit.

Press coverage of the judgment can be found here and here. The case is available here.

David Blundell and Richard Turney, instructed by the Government Legal Department, acted for the Secretary of State.

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