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Searches conducted on immigration detainees in relation to court proceedings

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Dear Immigration Department,

I am writing to make an information access request regarding searches conducted on immigration detainees in relation to court proceedings. May I know, 

A) For immigration detainees who will appear in court, are there procedures / guidelines on whether they will be searched prior and / or after court hearings? 

B) Do these procedures / guidelines differ based on where the detainee is being held? ie. whether these guidelines would differ if they were held in Castle Peak Bay Immigration Centre, Ma Tau Kok Detention Centre, or Tai Tam Gap Correctional Institution, or other locations of detention.

Any relevant information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your help with this inquiry. I look forward to your response. 

Kind regards,
Gigi Lo

Records and Data Management Section, Immigration Department

Dear Gigi Lo,
                 
I refer to your email of 10 January 2023.
You may wish to note that part of your requested information ( procedures
/ guidelines of search conducted on detainees in Tai Tam Gap Correctional
Institution) should fall within the purview of Correctional Services
Department.

The remaining requested information would be forwarded to our relevant
Section for their reply.

Regards,

(S T Lam)
for Director of Immigration

From:        Gigi Lo <[FOI #1269 email]>
To:        FOI requests at Immigration Department <[Immigration Department request email]>
Date:        10/01/2023 10:06
Subject:        Freedom of Information request - Searches conducted on
immigration detainees in relation to court proceedings

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Dear Immigration Department,

I am writing to make an information access request regarding searches
conducted on immigration detainees in relation to court proceedings. May I
know, 

A) For immigration detainees who will appear in court, are there
procedures / guidelines on whether they will be searched prior and / or
after court hearings? 

B) Do these procedures / guidelines differ based on where the detainee is
being held? ie. whether these guidelines would differ if they were held in
Castle Peak Bay Immigration Centre, Ma Tau Kok Detention Centre, or Tai
Tam Gap Correctional Institution, or other locations of detention.

Any relevant information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your
help with this inquiry. I look forward to your response. 

Kind regards,

Gigi Lo

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Immigration Department

Our Reference: L/M (594) in ImmD DR/6-5/10/R

Dear Gigi LO,
Our department has received your application for access to information on
10.01.2023.  Your application is now under processing.  According to
paragraph 1.16 of the Code on Access to Information, our department will
inform you of the latest progress of the case separately on or before
30.01.2023.  In the meantime, please contact the undersigned via this
email if you have any enquiry.

Best regards,

LEE Chi-hang Jonathan
for Director of Immigration

Immigration Department

Our Reference: L/M (594) in ImmD DR/6-5/10/R

Dear Gigi Lo,
Further to our interim reply of 19 January 2023, I am writing to inform
you that your application for access to information is still under
processing, as more time is required to gather and consolidate the
information requested in your application.  According to paragraph 1.18 of
the Code on Access to Information, our department will inform you of the
latest progress of the case separately on or before 1 March 2023.

If you have any enquiry, please contact the undersigned via this email.

Best regards,

CHAN, Tsz-ho
for Director of Immigration

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