UK Liberty

So what?

Posted in law and order by ukliberty on September 19, 2008

The Sunday Times:

ISLAMIC law has been officially adopted in Britain, with sharia courts given powers to rule on Muslim civil cases.

Oh noes, the end of the world.

The government has quietly sanctioned the powers for sharia judges

– or rather, just allowed them to get on with it, as is the law –

to rule on cases ranging from divorce

– er no, not one recognisable in English law –

and financial disputes to those involving domestic violence.

– unless it’s a criminal matter.

Rulings issued by a network of five sharia courts are enforceable with the full power of the judicial system, through the county courts or High Court.

Previously, the rulings of sharia courts in Britain could not be enforced, and depended on voluntary compliance among Muslims.

It has now emerged that sharia courts with these powers have been set up in London, Birmingham, Bradford and Manchester with the network’s headquarters in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Two more courts are being planned for Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Sheikh Faiz-ul-Aqtab Siddiqi, whose Muslim Arbitration Tribunal runs the courts, said he had taken advantage of a clause in the Arbitration Act 1996.

Clearly this is meant as a pejorative.  All that they are doing is using the Act as it was intended.

Under the act, the sharia courts are classified as arbitration tribunals. The rulings of arbitration tribunals are binding in law, provided that both parties in the dispute agree to give it the power to rule on their case. …

And a good thing too that freely consenting adults should be able to come to such arrangements, provided the procedures are fair.

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