G v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Interim Decision): CA 9 Mar 2004

A certificate had been granted by the Home Secretary that the applicant was suspected of terrorism, and he had accordingly been detained under special procedures. When his case had come before the Special Immigration Appeal Tribunal, they had granted him bail. The HS appealed.
Held: The Court of Appeal’s jurisdiction was purely statutory. No statutory jurisdiction had been given to hear such an appeal, and the court therefore could not deal with the case.
Lord Phillips MR said: ‘SIAC is a court of very limited jurisdiction. It is not easy to accept that, if SIAC purports to exercise a jurisdiction that does not exist, Parliament has excluded all possibility of putting the matter right. What if section 24 had provided that ‘a suspected international terrorist who is detained may not be released on bail’? Would there be no remedy if SIAC purported to grant bail?’


Lord Phillips Of Worth Matravers, Mr Lord Justice Pill and Lord Justice Laws


[2004] EWCA Civ 265, Times 15-Mar-2004, Gazette 01-Apr-2004, [2004] 1 WLR 1349




Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 21(1), Special Immigration Appeals Commission Act 1997 7


England and Wales


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Updated: 06 July 2022; Ref: scu.194425