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Letter of the Day | Significance of immigration judges in societies

Published:Monday | September 14, 2020 | 12:08 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam:

It is profoundly important to acknowledge and appreciate the roles of immigration judges in societies which include commitment to providing a justice system that is just and proportionate with the needs and expectations of those who use it. They are the bedrocks of our societies.

They maintain the rule of law in immigration matters and enable justice to prevail. Their roles are significant and highly appreciated, particularly in this era characterised by large movements of people from one jurisdiction to another for various reasons. Judges hear a wide range of often-complex and substantial cases.

They make and communicate reasoned decisions, both orally and in writing. They often have high level of intellect, including honed emotional intelligence and the ability to master complex issues quickly. What matters most to them is fairness and justice. Public mood, political correctness and bias do not influence their decisions, as they treat each case on its own merits.

They strive to ensure that their decisions are not tainted with errors of law. They use facts, evidence and applicable laws to ensure that their decisions on the balance of probabilities are fair, sustainable and free from errors. They effectively approach their work with an open judicial mind, scrutinise matters and evidence with wide lens and consider the matter through the prism of the rules, conduct a proper proportionality balancing exercise, and ensure that the concluded determinations are crystal clear and cannot be challenged.

Even though some judges may not get it right, the majority of immigration judges effectively discharge their duties with excellence and success.

HANDSEN CHIKOWORE

London, United Kingdom

hchikowore@hotmail.com