Archive for the 'Sark' Category

R (Barclay and others) v The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice and others – WLR Daily

R (Barclay and others) v The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice and others [2009] UKSC 9; [2009] WLR (D) 349

“The presence of two unelected non-voting members in the legislature of the Channel Island of Sark, which had 28 democratically elected voting members, did not contravene art 3 of the First Protocol to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, and alternatively, even if art 3 had required that all members be elected, was well within the margin of appreciation afforded by the article. A prohibition on aliens standing for election as members of the legislature was not incompatible with art 3.”

WLR Daily, 1st December 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Barclays lose Sark reforms claim – BBC news

“The Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed an appeal case by the Barclay brothers who wanted to force a change to constitutional reforms on Sark.”

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BBC News, 1st December 2009

Source; www.bbc.co.uk

Regina (Barclay and Others) v Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice and Others – Times Law Reports

Regina (Barclay and Others) v Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice and Others

Court of Appeal

“Proposed reform of the constitution of the Channel Island of Sark which allowed the Seneschal, appointed by the Seigneur, to be both a member of the legislature and the chief judge, contravened article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights, guaranteeing a fair trial by an independent and impartial tribunal.”

The Times, 5th December 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note that the Times Law Reports are only availalble free on Times Online for 21 days from th date of publication.

R (Barclay and others) v Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice and others – WLR Daily

R (Barclay and others) v Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice and others [2008] EWCA Civ 1319; [2008] WLR (D) 376

The Reform (Sark) Law 2008, which, inter alia, provided, in relation to the Island of Sark, a Crown Dependency and a part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, for the Seneschal, the senior judge of Sark, to remain as an unelected member and President of the Chief Pleas, the island’s legislature, did not breach art 3 of the First Protocol to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.”

WLR Daily, 4th December 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Sark under new pressure to end feudal system – Daily Telegraph

“The Channel island of Sark has come under renewed pressure to scrap one of the last vestiges of its feudal system after the Court of Appeal ruled that its new constitution breached human rights laws.”

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd December 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

R (Barclay and others) v Secretary of State for Justice and the Lord Chancellor and others – WLR Daily

R (Barclay and others) v Secretary of State for Justice and the Lord Chancellor and others [2008] EWHC 1354 (Admin); [2008] WLR (D) 195

The provisions in the Reform (Sark) Law, 2008 for the retention of the Seigneur and Seneschal as unelected members of Chief Pleas did not breach art 3 of the First Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights; the prohibition on aliens standing for election to Chief Pleas did not infringe art 3 of the First Protocol, or art 14 of the Convention, or art 19(1) of the EC Treaty; and the Seneschal’s dual role as Senior Judge in Sark and a member of Chief Pleas was not inconsistent with art 6 of the Convention.”

WLR Daily, 19th June 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

After 450 years, Sark turns back on feudal law – The Independent

“For more than 450 years Sark stood alone as one of Europe’s last bastions of feudal law, but yesterday marked the end of an era for the tiny Channel island as the UK Privy Council approved changes to its system of government, heralding the arrival of democracy for the first time.”

Full story

The Independent, 10th April 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk


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