Community Footprint: Government’s appeal against refugee status dismissed

Earlier this year Wotton + Kearney acted for a Sri Lankan asylum seeker in relation to his application for Judicial Review of the Independent Merits Reviewer’s decision regarding his refugee status (Community Footprint: Successful Judicial Review of Asylum Application). This was conducted through the firm’s partnership with The Public Interest Law Clearing House (PILCH), one of the key elements of Wotton + Kearney’s Community Footprint Corporate Social Responsibility programme.

The Government appealed the decision of the Federal Magistrate’s Court and on 20 September 2012 the Federal Court of Australia delivered its judgment.

The Honourable Justice Gilmour of the Federal Court of Australia upheld the Federal Magistrate’s earlier decision, dismissing the Government’s appeal. Accordingly, the Government is restrained from acting on the recommendation of the Independent Merits Reviewer. The Government was also ordered to pay our client’s costs.

This is a great win for our client personally, and for the work of PILCH generally. This is an important cause and one that Wotton + Kearney is proud to partner with.

For more information on PILCH, click here: http://www.pilch.org.au/.

27/09/2012