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                                                    News & Views - Monday 1st April to to Sunday 7th April 2013

19th Death From Immigration Detention

I am one of Colnbrook Detainee (Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre, London UK) and I would like to inform you that two days ago a Pakistani national detainee died with the Cardio condition.

Everyone in the Colnbrook received that extremely stressful news yesterday so none of detainee eats any food at the dinner time today. All in Alfa and Bravo Units detainees would like to continue the hunger strike until that matter been address by someone independent authority and raised by the news agencies like your-self.

His name was Mr Khalid Shahzad and he was in the same Bravo unit in the Colnbrook as I am. Doctors referred to Mr Shahzad to the coronary angiogram and he went through with that process and eventually because of stress and extremely unhealthy food he died two days ago. However Colnbrook doctors give directions to his possible condition can be fatal to the immigrations (UKBA) therefore immigration released Mr Shahzad and he died within 2 hours of his released.

I would like to take this opportunity and begging you to please come and speak with the detainees in the Alfa and Bravo units in the Colnbrook detention centre and make sure that these inhuman proceedings do not carry on in the United Kingdom. Thanks for your help in advance for your anticipation.

Thanks,
Detainee in the Colnbrook

(It has been confirmed that Mr. Shahzad, was discharged from Colnbrook IRC as medically unfit to remain in detention on Sunday 30th March.

A spokesman for British Transport Police said: "At around 7.10pm on 30 March we were called following reports of a person having been taken ill on a train from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly. Officers attended, alongside paramedics from North West Ambulance Service and discovered the body of a man, believed to be 52 and from Manchester, who, it appears, had died during the journey. The death is not being treated as suspicious and officers will now compile a report for the coroner.")



Access To Justice Matters

This briefing courtesy of 'The Bar Council'

[This briefing should be read in conjunction with: Reasonable Assistance From a McKenzie Friend Practice Note 3/2012]

Will You Now Have To Represent Yourself In Court?

Today Monday 1st April 2013, the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) came into force. It means that fewer people now have access to free legal representation than at any time since legal aid (state funding for legal advice and representation) was introduced. This means that if you have a legal problem there is now more chance that you will have to represent yourself.

The Bar Council represents all barristers in England and Wales. We believe that access to justice matters. Whether people use barristers' services or not, we think we have a responsibility to explain and demystify the legal system to anyone who comes into contact with it. We have produced a Guide to help you on your legal journey, which has been written by barristers, who have lots of experience in all kinds of different courts and understand how the system works.

The number of people who do not qualify for legal aid, but equally cannot afford representation, is growing. These people are called 'litigants-in-person' (LIPs) or, as they were previously known; 'self-representing litigants' (SRLs). They will have to go to court (to 'litigate') without a lawyer, and will have to represent themselves.

This Guide looks to help 'litigants-in-person' through their legal journey, which can be a very daunting, complicated and expensive experience.

How to read it
We recommend that you use the first three, general, Sections to familiarise yourself with how the legal process works, how to prepare your case, and if you have to go to court, what you should expect and be aware of. Then go to the relevant part to your case in the final Section (Section 4). If you have a case which does not fall under Section 4, the first three sections will still be helpful. Remember that different areas of law, and different courts, have different procedures. This means that not all the general guidance in the first