The Asylum and Immigration Tribunal [AIT] Law and Legal Definition

This is a tribunal constituted in the United Kingdom with jurisdiction to hear appeals from many immigration and asylum decisions. The Tribunal replaces the former Immigration Appellate Authority (IAA) and falls under the administration of the Tribunals Service. At hearings, Asylum seekers and would-be immigrants are usually, but not invariably, represented by legal representatives including barristers, advocates, solicitors, and those registered with the Office of the Immigration Service Commissioner. The UK government is usually represented by Home Office Presenting Officers ("HOPOs"); specially trained Civil Servants. The decision of the Tribunal may only be challenged by an appeal to the Court of Appeal (Civil Division) in England and Wales, or the Court of Session (Inner House) in Scotland. However,permission is required for such an appeal either from the Tribunal itself or the relevant court.