Case Dismissed: UK Chief Justice Lays Down Law on Sharia

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Case Dismissed: UK Chief Justice Lays Down Law on Sharia

LONDON — Britain’s most senior judge declared last night that there was no place for Sharia courts in this country and insisted that all residents were governed by the laws of England and Wales.

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, told an audience of several hundred at the London Muslim Centre in Whitechapel that those who chose to live in England and Wales had to accept the laws as they found them.

“There is no question of such [Sharia] courts sitting in this country or such sanctions being applied here.

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I wonder how long before a fatwa is made against the judge.

Then again, he also said this:

Lord Phillips said: “It is possible in this country for those who are entering into a contractual agreement to agree that the agreement shall be governed by law other than English law.”
Therefore, he said, he could see no reason why Sharia law should not be used to settle disputes in this country.

He said: “There is no reason why principles of Sharia law, or any other religious code, should not be the basis for mediation or other forms of alternative dispute resolution.”

He added: “It must be recognized however that any sanctions for a failure to comply with the agreed terms of the mediation would be drawn from the laws of England and Wales.”…

“In some countries the courts interpret Sharia law as calling for severe physical punishment. There can be no question of such courts sitting in this country, or such sanctions being applied here.”

I think (or hope) he means they can have their Sharia courts like we have our canon law, diocesan tribunals, etc.

No, I think he means it in terms of voluntary arbitration or mediation as a front-end to the British court system. If so, I don’t think it is different from the status quo. His speech simply says: don’t expect to go further.

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