Posted by: becketfund | October 25, 2008

UK: Sharia Rulings Now Accepted in Secular Courts

LONDON – Ms Prentice, a UK minister, has affirmed that decisions made under Islamic Sharia law can now be accepted by English and Welsh family courts, the BBC reported on October 25. In response to criticism from the Conservative sector over confusion of precedence the new court system will produce, Ms Prentice said “Any member of any community should know that they have the right to refer to an English court at any point, particularly in the event that they feel pressured or coerced to resolve an issue in a way with which they feel uncomfortable.” However, shadow justice secretary Nick Herbert said: “There can be no place for parallel legal systems in our country. Controversy over Sharia law flared in February 2008 when the Archbishop of Canterbury claimed the adoption of some aspects of Islamic Sharia law in the UK seemed “unavoidable.”

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