UK law

MRIs for ‘Orthodox post mortems’

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 22, 2009

A major step to enshrine non-invasive post mortems in English law was revealed by Justice Minister Bridget Prentice on Tuesday.

The move could dramatically reduce hundreds of surgical post-mortems carried out annually on Jewish people against their families’ wishes and halachah (Jewish law).

It is understood that an amendment to recommend the use of non-invasive methods may be made to the Coroners and Justice Bill when it is debated in the House of Lords.


Web racists await possible extradition

By Leon Symons, April 2, 2009

The fate of two racists who were the first people in Britain to be convicted of publishing racially inflammatory material on the internet still hangs in the balance.

Simon Sheppard and Steve Whittle fled to America in the middle of their trial at Leeds Crown Court. They will know within the next three weeks whether or not an asylum court judge will return them to Britain. However, the pair have already said they will appeal if the decision goes against them. That process could involve appeals to two higher American courts and could take months before a final decision is reached.


British MEPs meet Hamas

By Jonathan Kalmus and Marcus Dysch, February 19, 2009

British lawmakers have met Hamas officials during a visit to Gaza.

Members of the European Parliament Palestine delegation travelled to Rafah last Thursday and Friday.

Chris Davies MEP said: “We asked for their reaction to the action last month and discussed their views on Palestinian re-unity and the possibility for a unity government. I can’t say we got very far.”

On Sunday, six MPs from the Britain-Palestine All-Party Parliamentary Group inspected Gazan sites damaged during the conflict.


Charedim fight new marriage visa rules

By Leon Symons, November 6, 2008

The government may face a challenge to a law that will raise the marriage visa age from 18 to 21.

Campaigners, led by Michoel Posen of Agudas Israel Community Services in Stamford Hill, have warned that the law will have a severe effect on many marriages in the Charedi community, involving young people from Israel, America and Canada.

European Union countries are not affected by the law, due to come into force on November 27.


Anguish of parents as Law Lords reject plea for Giles

By Leon Symons, July 31, 2008

Five Law Lords this week dashed the hopes of a couple who have spent five years fighting for justice for their murdered son.

They allowed Hertfordshire Constabulary's appeal against a Court of Appeal ruling that it had breached the human rights of Giles Van Colle by failing to protect him from his killer. Mr Van Colle, then 25, was shot three times in the back in November, 2000 by Daniel Brougham, a former employee against whom he was due to give evidence in a theft trial.


Now Balen case will go to the Lords

May 29, 2008

A London solicitor is to take his campaign for the BBC to release a report into its Israel coverage to the highest court in the country.

For three years, the corporation has successfully resisted attempts by Steven Sugar to obtain a copy of the 2004 Balen Report under the Freedom of Information Act.

But this week, Mr Sugar said that the House of Lords has agreed to hear an appeal against previous court decisions that were in favour of the BBC.


Warren Bergson uses the law to keep celebrities driving

By Candice Krieger, May 29, 2008

Manchester lawyer Nick Freeman, aka “Mr Loophole”— known for helping celebrity clients escape driving convictions — is not the only crusading solicitor around. Warren Bergson, who lives in Broughton Park and calls himself “the motorist’s friend”, is carving out a successful niche of his own. A specialist in traffic law, Mr Bergson — who does not hold a driving licence —


Union gets legal threat over boycott

By Simon Rocker, May 22, 2008

The University and College Union has been warned of legal repercussions if it passes a motion calling on members to review links with Israel at its congress in Manchester next week.

Lawyers advising the Stop the Boycott Campaign say that the resolution — backed by the union’s own executive — is tantamount to support for boycott action already deemed unlawful.

But Sally Hunt, the union’s general secretary, denied that there was any call for a boycott.


Murder victim's family await verdict

By Leon Symons, May 22, 2008

A North London couple fighting for justice for their murdered son face an anxious wait before finding out whether their five-year ordeal is at an end.

Murdered: Giles Van Cole

Irwin and Corinne Van Colle have this week sat patiently through a four-day House of Lords appeal granted to Hertfordshire Constabulary and due to finish yesterday.


Lawyers help student avoid Shabbat exams

By Simon Rocker, May 22, 2008

A student has been allowed to take one of his final exam papers a day early to avoid sitting it on Shabbat, after lawyers intervened with his university.

Hertfordshire University had initially refused Joel Raivid, 21, a BSc psychology student from Edgware, Middlesex, permission to sit the exam on the Friday before its scheduled Saturday slot.

He was told he would have to wait until several weeks later and take it in the re-sit period in late June or early July.