‘Cab rank rule’ for burials to be reviewed

The Law Society Gazette reports that, in a judgment handed down on 2 February, the High Court granted an application by the Adath Yisroel Burial Society to seek a judicial review of the policy of the Senior Coroner for Inner North London, Mary Hassell, in applying the “cab rank” rule to burials and refusing to prioritise Jewish and Muslim burials. Continue reading

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Bill

The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Bill was read a second time yesterday, 2 February, with qualified Government support: the Member in charge of the bill, Tim Loughton, had evidently come to an agreement with the Home Office about amendments to be tabled in committee. Continue reading

Out-of-school education, social cohesion and Ofsted

On Thursday, Amanda Spielman, HM Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills, gave a speech at the conference of the Church of England Foundation for Education Leadership. Two points were of general interest to students of law and religion. On the tensions between faith and social cohesion, she said this: Continue reading