29 March, 2021

Reverend Dr William J U Philip and others for Judicial Review of the closure of places of worship in Scotland [2021] CSOH 32

Lord Braid has upheld the Court of Session challenge by representatives of several churches that the COVID-19 regulations closing all churches for congregational worship and private prayer were a disproportionate interference with the fundamental right to religious freedom and so breached the human rights of the petitioners and others as well as their constitutional rights. As such, they are beyond the legislative competence of the Scottish Government.

Ampersand’s Aidan O’Neill QC, with Axiom Advocates David Welsh, instructed by Elaine Motion of Balfour + Manson, represented Canon Tom White of St Alphonsus Church in Glasgow.

Click here to view Lord Braid’s Opinion.

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