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Below you will find the latest judgment(s) handed down by The UK Supreme Court. All previous judgments handed down prior to this can be found on our Decided Cases section.

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21 December 2017

The following judgment has been promulgated.

(1) R (on the application of Hysaj and others) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent)

(1) Bakijasi (Appellant) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent)
Lady Hale, Lord Kerr, Lord Wilson, Lord Hughes, Lord Hodge

The issue in these appeals was whether the misrepresentations made by the appellants in their applications for United Kingdom citizenship made the grant of that citizenship a nullity rather than rendering them liable to be deprived of that citizenship under ss.40 and 40A of the British Nationality Act 1981.

The appeals were listed to be heard in January 2018 but the Secretary of State, as respondent to these appeals, applied (under rule 34(2) of the Supreme Court Rules 2009) for the appeals to be allowed by consent and the appellants agreed to this course.

Lady Hale and the other members of the Court took the view that they could not make an order allowing the appeals and setting aside the orders in the courts below without understanding the reasons for doing so and their impact upon the point of law of general public importance raised by the appeals. The Court agreed with the reasons the Secretary of State supplied and the Court's judgment is accordingly based upon them. As a result, the appeals will now not be heard.