A rapid decline in the number of immigration
tribunal judges could herald a crisis, despite the
government’s insistence that there is sufficient
capacity to deal with a growing backlog of work.
show that in 2012 there were 347 fee-paid and 132
salaried judges in the first-tier tribunal. In 2016
there were only 242 fee-paid and 77 salaried. In the
upper tribunal, a headcount of 40 fee-paid and 42
salaried judges in 2012 declined to 35 fee-paid and
42 salaried last year.
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