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Home Affairs Committee launches inquiry into Sharia councils in the UK

Second inquiry to examine operation of Sharia Law in UK

The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee is launching an inquiry into Sharia councils operating in the UK. The Committee will examine how Sharia councils operate in practice, their work resolving family and divorce disputes and their relationship with the British legal system.

Written evidence is invited (by midday on 20 July 2016) on, but need not be restricted to, the following issues:

In May 2016 an independent review into the application of Sharia Law in England and Wales was launched by Home Secretary Theresa May.

That review is chaired by Professor Mona Siddiqui, an internationally renowned expert in Islamic and inter-religious studies who was appointed OBE for her services to inter-faith relations. Professor Siddiqui leads a panel of experts that includes family law barrister Sam Momtaz, retired High Court judge Sir Mark Hedley and family law lawyer Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE QC (Hon). The independent panel is expected to complete its review in 2017.