The applicants brought judicial review proceedings seeking to quash deportation orders against them. Each had made an unsuccessful asylum application and each had their appeal turned down. The High Court quashed the deportation order in only one of the cases.
The Court held that in the case of B there was a failure by the Minister to give reasons for the making of the deportation order in the letter of notice, as required under Section 3(a) of the Immigration Act 1999. The High Court certified that the points raised in the cases were of exceptional public importance and should be appealed to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court held that an applicant is entitled to a written notification of the reasons for his or her deportation but that the Minister had given adequate reasons in two of the three cases. The appeals of P and L were dismissed and judicial review proceedings taken by B continued. The Court dismissed a cross appeal taken by the Minister.