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Formal warnings issued to two immigration judges


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Formal warnings have recently been issued by the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office to two sitting immigration judges. One was to Tribunal Judge Ali Sarwar for ”failing to issue timely decisions in several cases.” The other was to Tribunal Judge Yasreeb Zahed for “failing to uphold the basic judicial principle of impartiality with behaviour during a hearing, including conversations with counsel in the absence of the other party, which amounted to bias or the appearance of bias.”

Either publishing these statements in respect of judges (rather than magistrates) is relatively new or issuing formal warnings is new. I imagine judges have been formally warned before, it’s just that we didn’t know about it.

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Colin Yeo

Immigration and asylum barrister, blogger, writer and consultant at Garden Court Chambers in London and founder of the Free Movement immigration law website.