Asylum appeals tribunal’s decisions triple in two years

Asylum appeals tribunal's decisions triple in two years

The International Protection Appeals Tribunal (IPAT) has more than tripled its output of decisions in two years, according to its latest annual report.

Chairperson Hilkka Becker said last year “could be considered the tribunal’s first year of reaching full operational capacity with the tribunal members having gained the necessary experience in this complex area of law and having fully developed their skills as quasi-judicial decision makers”.

In total, the tribunal received 2,064 appeals in 2019 and issued 1,944 decisions, its annual report for 2019 states.

Over the two-year period from 2017 to 2019, the tribunal’s overall output regarding decisions and otherwise completed appeals increased by 221 per cent.

Ms Becker said: “I look forward to being in a position to measure 2019’s output against what we are working towards in 2020, and I am confident we will be reporting further improvements, in particular with regard to processing times.”

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