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Proposals could see judges refer to UK law rather than European laws

9th November 2015

The government is planning to replace the Human Rights Act

The Conservatives are reportedly planning to let judges rely more on UK and Commonwealth colleagues’ rulings rather than laws passed down by the European Court of Human Rights.

In news that will interest those in legal and lawyer jobs, a draft blueprint for a consultation paper has stated the government is proposing to replace the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights. This would see British judges relying on UK rulings more than those passed down by European courts.

An article on the Daily Express also reveals that the leaked document stated that there will be a crackdown on a “victims culture” and that compensation cases would have to meet a minimum requirement before being heard in court.

If these proposals are passed, then lesser compensation cases would be ‘deterred by limiting penalties that could be exacted from public services and by ensuring human rights law applied only in Britain’.