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The Supreme Court will be dealing with some important public law cases this Easter term. The following cases are due to be heard in the coming months:
1. R (Alvi) v Secretary of State for the Home Department - from 24 April three days have been allocated to hear this appeal, which is being heard together with Secretary of State for the Home Department v Munir. The primary issue is whether the Court of Appeal decision in Pankina v Secretary of State for the Home Department was correctly decided. In Pankina it was decided that the time had come to recognise that, by a combination of legislative recognition and executive practice, the rules made by Home Secretaries for regulating immigration have ceased to be policy and have acquired a status akin to that of law. This is important because a policy document that purported to change the immigration rules had not been laid before Parliament. This case therefore the raises an issue of constitutional importance and of real difficulty.
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