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Detention Reviews in Canada

A Practical Handbook on Law, Procedure, and Practice for Lawyers, Immigration Consultants, and Law Students

by (author) Raj Napal

Brush Education
Initial publish date
Oct 2019
Emigration & Immigration
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Advocate effectively for detained immigrants at the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

Every year in Canada, thousands of immigrants are detained in holding centres and jails, and the numbers continue to grow year over year. Immigrants can be arrested without warrant and held indefinitely without charge, but all detainees are entitled to regular detention reviews. If you work with immigrant detainees, you need to know how to present an effective case at detention review hearings to secure their release.

This one-stop resource presents a comprehensive overview of the detention review process administered by the Immigration Division, a branch of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) of Canada. More than just a summary of the law that governs detention reviews, this guide outlines practical steps that can help you to secure a detainee’s release.

Through an in-depth case study, immigration lawyer Raj Napal examines every stage of the detention review process, from drafting a suitable retainer agreement to presenting a case and questioning witnesses in front of an IRB tribunal. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience advocating for immigrants at the IRB, Raj covers everything you need to know to prepare for a detention review and maximize your chance of securing your client’s release. Anyone working in immigration law—including lawyers, paralegals and immigration consultants—needs this book.



This practical handbook covers:

  • Essential grounds for detention, the legislation, the case law and the procedural protocol of the Immigration Division.
  • Tactics to present your case effectively before the board.
  • Creating effective release plans for detainees.
  • Dealing with detained children.
  • Recent developments and precedents that affect detention reviews, including the 2017 Laird Report and the 2019 amended Chairperson’s Guideline on Detention.

About the author

Raj Napal practiced law as a defence trial lawyer in predominantly criminal cases in England for nearly fifteen years before he emigrated to Canada in 1996. There he continued the practice of criminal law but also developed an interest in immigration law. Over the years, his immigration practice became more focused on advocacy and appellate work in all divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board and the Federal Court. Through this appellate work, he gained valuable practical insights into immigration law.

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