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Sharia law may be enforced in British courts

Sharia law may soon be enforced in the UK if a EU plan for family courts across Europe is put in place by the government, a move that could trigger a row in Britain. It could mean a court in England handling a case within the French legal framework, or even applying the laws of Saudi Arabia to a husband and wife living in Britain.

world Updated: Apr 27, 2009 19:34 IST

Sharia law may soon be enforced in the UK if a EU plan for family courts across Europe is put in place by the government, a move that could trigger a row in Britain.

Judges in Britain could be forced to bow to Sharia law in some divorce cases heard in the country.

A EU plan calls for family courts across Europe to hear cases using the laws of whichever country the couple involved have close links to.

It could mean a court in England handling a case within the French legal framework, or even applying the laws of Saudi Arabia to a husband and wife living in Britain, the Daily Mail reported on Monday.

The Centre for Social Justice think tank today attacked the so-called Rome III reform as ludicrous.

The think tank warned it would slow down cases, increase costs and lead to unjust results. At the same time, it said existing arrangements are "anti-family."

Currently, a couple from different EU states can have their divorce heard in the first country where one of them files divorce papers.