Lord Chief Justice Lord Phillips has declared that Islamic legal principles can be applied by courts to resolve certain family, marital, or contractual cases. In a speech at an East London mosque, Lord Phillips said that Sharia can be applied so long as it does not conflict with English law.
Phillips stated: “Those entering into a contractual agreement can agree that the agreement shall be governed by a law other than English law.”
The policy has been criticized by many lawyers over concerns with the incorporation of religious values and a concern among women’s groups that Sharia is prejudicial to women and principles of equality.
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