FREE SPEECH FOR ADVOCATES OF SHARIA LAW

I noticed this-story about a Muslim convert who refused to stand during a Court hearing. The Defendant should have been required to stand in order to show respect for the proceedings but this is not what caught my interest. Apparently the Defendant is prohibited by a 2014 Anti Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) ‘from approaching members of the public in order…

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Free Speech and the Viscount St Davids Case

Rhodri Colwyn Philips, whose hereditary title is Viscount St Davids, recently abandoned his appeal against his sentence under section 127 of the Malicious Communications Act 2003. He withdrew his appeal after being informed by Judge Deborah Taylor, the Recorder of Westminster sitting at Southwark Crown Court, that the appeal could result in his sentence being increased. Viscount St Davids was…

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“Hate is Hate” – Words of Wisdom from the DPP

The CPS have recently issued a statement concerning online ‘hate crime’. Here is the statement for racially and religiously aggravated ‘hate crimes’; similar ones are available on the CPS website for crimes motivated by the victims disability, sexuality etc. There does not appear to be anything new in this guidance, for instance a new interpretation of the legislation or new…

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Divorce Reform – Tini Owens Appeal heads to the Supreme Court

Further to my last article, see here, on the subject of divorce reform and the Tini Owens case, Mrs Owens has been granted permission to appeal to the Supreme Court. A date has not yet been set for the hearing of the Appeal. Tini Owens’ barrister, Philip Marshall QC, is expected to argue that the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 presents…

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RICHARD PAGE CASE UNDERWAY

Following my previous article on the Employment claim of Mr Richard Page, the trial of his claim began this week.  The representative for Kent & Medway Trust accused Richard Page of mounting a publicity campaign without having regard to his position with the Trust, see here. Richard Page pointed out that he had worked with numerous homosexuals during his time…

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EMPLOYMENT LAW: MAN DISMISSED FOR OPPOSITION TO SAME SEX ADOPTION

The case of Richard Page is due to be heard in the Employment Tribunal in Croydon next week; see here. Mr Page is a Christian and an ex Magistrate who was dismissed from his position as a Non-Executive Director of Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Trust (“KMPT”) for expressing the opinion that heterosexual couples make better parents than…

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ECJ NEWS: MIGRATION, ASYLUM & THE VISEGRAD NATIONS

On the 26th July 2017, Advocate General Bot delivered his opinion (see here) to the European Court of Justice on the challenge made by Slovakia and Hungary against the provisional mechanism for the relocation of asylum seekers. The provisional mechanism was a measure taken by the Council of the European Union. The opinion recommends that the Court dismiss the challenge.…

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BREXIT NEWS

Lord Neuberger & Lord Thomas, addressing the Australian Bar Association, sought to allay concerns that Brexit would undermine the status of the City of London as a major international centre for Dispute Resolution; see here. Lord Chief Justice Thomas even described the suggestion that London would cease to be a safe international centre for Dispute Resolution as a “lie”, perpetrated…

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The Cab Rank Rule

The Bar Standards Board is expected to recommend that the cab rank rule is not extended to public access work see here; it has not so far been extended to direct access work since the relatively recent inception of direct access work. Direct access, refers to the fact that if a barrister is not authorised by the Bar Standards Board…

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CANADA AMENDS ‘HATE SPEECH LAWS TO INCLUDE ‘TRANSGENDER’ PEOPLE

Canada is due to amend its hate speech legislation to cover speech that promotes hatred on the basis of “gender identity” or “gender expression”. See here for an article that has links to the bill, the recent speech by the Canadian Premier Justin Trudeau, legal commentary and Supreme Court decisions. Whilst it easy to ridicule such a development, based on…

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