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Changes to immigration tribunals

Changes to immigration tribunals

From 15 February 2010, the functions of the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal have transferred to a new two-tier system.   Lois Hamilton, immigration adviser at Law Centre (NI), explains the workings of the new Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber, and how these changes will affect clients and their advisers. Read about it in changes to immigration tribunals briefing.


UNISON immigration advice clinics

UNISON logoGiven the high demand for immigration advice from non EEA migrant worker members, UNISON has started a series of face to face immigration advice clinics with to complement the existing phone line service.

The clinic, run with the help of the Law Centre, takes place every first Friday of the month, and is available to UNISON members only.

A Law Centre solicitor answers basic queries, looks through applications and documents and gives people a list of contacts should they need further advice.

To book an appointment, UNISON members can email Nathalie Donnelly: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or ring the office on 02890270190

UNISON members can also access immigration advice through UNISON direct. (Advice line will ring you back on Tuesdays 10.00 to 3.00) See link below for details: UNISON Migrant Workers Info


Welcome to our new site

Navigating a rowing boat on a quiet lake

Welcome to Law Centre (NI)'s revamped website.  It is designed to be easier to navigate and find what you are looking for. 


Read more: Welcome to our new site


Immigration briefings

The Law Centre has released two new immigration information briefings:

Immigration, marriage, civil partnership, unmarried partners - UK rules

Immigration, marriage, civil partnership, unmarried partners - EEA rules


Frontline 75 on line

Inside Stormont

Frontline 75 is now on line. With a special focus on election manifestos for change and a detailed benefit and tax credit rates chart for 2010-2011.


Read more: Frontline 75 on line


Important date for tribunal reform

Bar Library logoLaw Centre (NI), the Appeals Service and University of Ulster School of Law will hold a major conference on tribunal reform on 23 June at the Bar Library, Chichester Street, Belfast. A Law Centre commissioned research report on the way ahead for tribunal reform will be launched at the event.  More details to come soon.


A Bill of Rights: the next steps

The Law Centre is disappointed with the government’s proposals for a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland. The exclusion of economic and social rights fails to protect and benefit the  people of Northern Ireland and especially those who are most disadvantaged. The government should not make the enactment of a comprehensive Bill of Rights dependent on the GB-wide rights and responsibilities debate. Read more here: A Bill of Rights: the next steps

Keep up to date in community care

Read our new briefings on mental capacity; moving to a nursing home in another area; and healthcare for failed asylum seekers. 

Access them from here or visit our Publications section for a full list of briefings and other publications.


Bill of Rights Consultation

Family holding bill of rights card

In the final weeks of the Bill of Rights public consultation, the Human Rights Consortium is inviting people to add their signature to the campaign for a strong Bill of Rights at www.billofrightsNI.org

The consultation has been extended to 31 March 2010.


Frontline 74 Online

Frontline 74 coverWith special features on: the future of civil justice and ESA one year on.

See Frontline 74 here.


Disability, Discrimination and Human Rights Conference

The Human Rights Centre in the School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast and Disability Action’s Centre on Human Rights for People with Disabilities invite you to a conference on ‘Disability, Discrimination and Human Rights - Recent National and International Developments’.  Lanyon G10N (main quadrangle of Queen’s University), Saturday 20 February 2010.


Learning from Scotland – Immigration & Migrant Worker Issues

Immigration and Devolution - Long Gallery Event Jan 10On 19 January, Law Centre NI hosted an event with OFMDFM in the Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings, exploring the lessons to be drawn from the experience of the Scottish Government in responding to immigration and migrant worker issues.

Read the press release from the 19 January Long Gallery event


Important Publication on the Future of Legal Aid

The Justice GapThe Justice Gap, by Steve Hynes and Jon Robbins, published by Legal Action Group, is available from Law Centre (NI) at the cost of £20.  There is a special discount rate of £12 plus p&p for members of the Law Centre.

Get your copy from our Publications Unit 028 9024 4401 or use the order form.


Solicitor Vacancy at Children's Law Centre

The Children's Law Centre is seeking a qualified solicitor with at least two years post qualification experience. Candidates will have knowledge and experience of the law relating to children.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 17 February 2010 and the closing date for applications is 12 noon, Monday 8 February 2010.

Full job details can be found here


Law Centre (NI) Questionnaire: What Training Do You Need from Us?

To keep our training as up to date and effective as possible, we are asking people who work within the advice sector, or those whose job includes advice, to give us their views and some information on possible future training.

This will help us to tailor our training programme to fulfil the needs of the adviser and therefore the public.

Full details on the training page


Training Event at the Children's Law Centre

Protecting Children and Young People from Discrimination - A Legal Overview

10 February 2010 from 9.30am – 12.30pm

This training may be of particular interest to those who are working for or on behalf of marginalised children and young people and require an overview of Equality and Anti-Discrimination legislation. 



Read more: Training Event at the Children's Law Centre


Lord Chief Justice Praises the Work of the Voluntary Advice Sector

Lord Chief JusticeThe  Advice Services Alliance - the umbrella body for Advice NI, Citizens Advice Northern Ireland and Law Centre (NI) - held a conference on 20 November on the way ahead for civil justice. 

The aim was to ensure that civil justice, including advice services, remains on the agenda and is not overshadowed by policing and criminal justice issues in the debate on the devolution of justice. 

The keynote speakers were the Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan, Steve Hynes, director of Legal Action Group and Derek Alcorn, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Northern Ireland.

See Sir Declan Morgan’s talk here (PDF)


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