Case details

KV (Sri Lanka) (AP) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) and another

Case ID: UKSC 2017/0124

Case summary


What is the correct approach to the assessment of medical evidence in asylum claims alleging torture.


The Appellant is a Sri Lankan national who claims that due to his association with the Tamil Tigers – the opposition during the civil war in Sri Lanka – he was detained by the Sri Lankan authorities between 2009 and 2011. He has scarring that he claims resulted from being beaten using hot metal rods whilst in detention. He came to the UK in 2011 and claimed asylum. The Respondent did not believe his account and rejected his claim for asylum.

Judgment appealed

[2017] EWCA Civ 119





Secretary of State for the Home Department



Lady Hale, Lord Wilson, Lady Black, Lord Briggs, Lord Kitchin

Hearing start date

10 Dec 2018

Hearing finish date

11 Dec 2018

Watch hearing
10 Dec 2018 Morning session Afternoon session
11 Dec 2018 Morning session