The Immigration Bail Observation Project Scotland
The Immigration Bail Observation Project Scotland (IBOPS) is a collaborative initiative between staff at the University of Glasgow’s School of Law and the student-run Law in Action Group. It has benefitted from the assistance of the Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet), Detention Forum Scotland, the Campaign to Close Campsfield, the University of Glasgow Settlement and the AHRC Researching Multilingually Project. IBOPS’ aim was to conduct the first comprehensive and systematic study of the immigration bail process in Scotland.
Between October and December 2015, trained IBOPS volunteers observed a total of 89 bail hearings at the First Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) in Glasgow. The volunteers collected data on a wide variety of features of the process.
Following the conclusions of the study, it was decided that IBOPS should produce a comprehensive guide to inform cautioners of their role, rights and obligations in the Scottish bail process.