Torture victim wins unlawful detention claim over delay in medical assessment

The High Court has ruled that failure to provide a medical assessment within 24 hours of arrival at a detention centre can make continued detention unlawful. In R (KG) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWHC 1767 (Admin) the court found that the Home Office had failed to comply with Rule 34 of the Detention Centre Rules 2001, which requires assessment by a detention centre GP within 24 hours. As a result, the Home Office did not realise that the claimant was a victim of torture and unlawfully detained him for a month. The claimant, KG, was detained on 6 January 2016 without a medical assessment and…

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