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Sharia Law

Volume 691: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is their current position with regard to the appropriateness of the implementation of Sharia law in the United Kingdom. [HL3429]

Sharia law has no jurisdiction in England and Wales. There are, however, a number of Sharia councils in England and Wales that, on a private basis where the parties consent, deal with the mediation and resolution of personal and contractual disputes. These councils are not part of the court system. In all cases, parties will always have recourse to the UK courts.