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Religious Tribunals

Volume 704: debated on Monday 13 October 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the awards of religious tribunals are capable of being enforced by civil courts in the United Kingdom; and, if so, upon what terms. [HL5341]

The awards of religious tribunals may be enforceable through the courts by virtue of the Arbitration Act 1996. This provides that where both parties agree to arbitration, the decision of the tribunal that they appoint will be enforceable by the civil courts if the requirements of the Arbitration Act are satisfied. If any decisions by these tribunals were illegal or contrary to public policy, they would not be enforceable.