MJ (Angola) v Secretary of State for The Home Department: CA 20 May 2010

The applicant had been ordered to be deported and returned to Angola, but at the same time he was a detained mental patient. He argued that a return would breach his Article 8 rights.
Held: The respondent was entitled to decide to deport the appellant notwithstanding that he was still subject to orders under sections 37 and 41 of the MHA; and it was not irrational to commence and continue with the deportation process. ‘There is no express statutory limitation on the SSJ’s discretionary power to discharge and, in my judgment, there is no warrant for holding that such a limitation exists by necessary implication. The protection for the patient lies in the fact that the power must be exercised rationally and in such a way as will not breach his Convention rights.
In particular, the SSJ must respect the patient’s rights under article 3 and 8 of the Convention. If the discharge by the SSJ of a patient for the sole purpose of his being escorted to the place of embarkation from where he will be deported will injure his mental health, the discharge is likely to violate the patient’s Convention rights. By the same token, a decision by the SSHD to deport a person who is detained in a hospital is also likely to be in breach of those rights if his deportation will injure his health.
The appeal ducceeded on human rights grounds: ‘What the AIT did was to balance the appellant’s right to respect for his private life against the rights of others to be protected from the risk of his re-offending and to conclude that the former was outweighed by the latter. In performing the balancing exercise, which they found ‘very difficult’, they undoubtedly took into account the fact that the appellant had resided in the UK for a lengthy period and arrived here as an adolescent: see para 66. But there is nothing to indicate that they appreciated that the fact that (i) the appellant had lived in the UK since he was 12 years of age, (ii) most of his offending had been committed when he was under the age of 21 and (iii) he had no links with Angola meant that very serious reasons were required to justify the decision to deport him.’

Waller LJ VP, Dyson JSC, Leveson LJ
[2010] EWCA Civ 557, [2010] WLR (D) 132
Bailii, WLRD
Immigration Act 1971 3(5)(a), Mental Health Act 1983 37 41, European Convention on Human Rights 8
England and Wales
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CitedBA (Nigeria) v Secretary of State for The Home Department and Others SC 26-Nov-2009
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CitedJO (Uganda) and JT (Ivory Coast) v Secretary of State for The Home Department CA 22-Jan-2010
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Updated: 01 November 2021; Ref: scu.415968