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Commonwealth citizens

Lord Denning

in The Due Process of Law

Published in print January 1980 | ISBN: 9780406176080
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191705113 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780406176080.003.0025
Commonwealth citizens

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About twenty years ago, the people of England began to be worried about the influx of citizens coming from the British Commonwealth. Before 1962, any Commonwealth citizen could come as of right into the UK without the leave of anyone. If he committed a crime, he was liable to be arrested and tried like anyone else. But he could not be deported, not even if he was a habitual criminal, nor even if his presence was obnoxious to the rest of the people. By a series of Acts and Rules, these rights were taken away. Commonwealth citizens were then divided into two classes: First, patriais — these had the right of abode and could come and go without hindrance. Secondly, non-patrials — these had no right to come or stay except by leave. This chapter discusses some leading cases on this subject.

Keywords: Commonwealth citizen; habitual criminal; Acts; patriais; non-patrials

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Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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