Should Sharia courts be allowed to become a parallel legal system in England?

A bill is in the House of Lords to tackle problems relating to Sharia law and has had it’s first debate.

Odd though that the government refuse to back it?!

The Bill would make it a criminal offence for a Sharia court to claim legal jurisdiction, and it would place a duty on public officials to notify vulnerable Muslim women of their legal rights. What is so wrong with that?

Why would our government not want to support such a Bill?

3 thoughts on “Should Sharia courts be allowed to become a parallel legal system in England?

  1. You are correct, it is illegal for legal arbitration services to present themselves as binding and having legal jurisdiction. The concern is that some, particularly women, may not realise this. The solution would be to the provisions of the Bill but some are opposed to it.

    The bill places a duty on the Sharia courts to make it plain that they do not claim legal jurisdiction, and it would place a duty on public officials to notify vulnerable Muslim women of their legal rights who may have been led to believe they can not go to British law instead of Sharia

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