H v Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform


Respondent/Defendant:Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform
Court/s:High Court
Citation/s:[2006] IEHC 355
Judgment Date/s:14 Nov 2006
Category:Refugee Law
Keywords:Refugee, Refugee Law, Refugee Status

The applicant requested the Refugee Applications Commissioner to allow him to electronically record his interview for refugee status. The Commissioner refused the request and the applicant sought to challenge the refusal on the ground of fair procedures. In refusing the relief sought, the Court held that the procedures followed by the Commissioner go beyond what is required by statute, that the procedure in this jurisdiction did not require a verbatim account and that great care must be taken to ensure that a court does not involve itself in imposing a policy on an administrative body.

Principles:Asylum applicants do not have a right to electronically record their interviews for refugee status. The procedure in place goes beyond what is required by statute and does not require a verbatim account of the interview.
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