As has been widely reported, Lord Phillips, the Lord Chief Justice, has weighed in to the argument over the relationship between sharia law and English law. I suspect that there may be some misconceptions about what he said, so to clarify, he made it clear that there was no place for sharia courts in this country and insisted that all residents were governed by the laws of England and Wales. What he did say was that there was no reason why sharia law's principles could not be used in mediation.
What do I think of this? Well, from the point of view of reason it is, of course, extremely sad that, in the twenty-first century, so many people still cling to stone-age delusions of supernatural beings. However, from a legal point of view I don't necessarily have any objection to 'sharia mediation' provided that both parties are free to choose this route and, as with other forms of mediated settlements, they are subject to the approval of the English courts - i.e. the settlement is not final and binding until incorporated into a court order, which will only be made if the settlement is in accordance with the principles of English law.