Date set for Judicial Review

Posted by pt91 at Jan 02, 2014 05:00 PM |
HM Courts & Tribunals Service has set a date for the hearing of the Judicial Review adjourned from November.
Date set for Judicial Review

Leicester Cathedral, where the Ministry of Justice licence permits the remains to be reinterred.

The case will be heard in the Royal Courts of Justice on 13 March.  A time estimate of 2 days has been given.

The case has been listed as: The Queen on the application of PLANTAGENET ALLIANCE LIMITED versus SECRETARY OF STATE FOR JUSTICE and Others

The Judicial Review arose following the announcement by the University of Leicester, on 4 February 2013, that the remains of King Richard III had been discovered.  The University announced that, as per terms of its Licence, the remains of Richard III would be reinterred at Leicester Cathedral.

The Plantagenet Alliance Limited has challenged the Licence granted to the University of Leicester by the Ministry of Justice, arguing that it breached their human rights.  They argue that, as distant relatives of Richard, who died in 1485, they should have been consulted about where he should be reinterred.

The Ministry of Justice, who issued the Licence, has argued there is no legal obligation to conduct a consultation and that the Licence permitting the University of Leicester to reinter the remains at Leicester Cathedral is valid.

The University of Leicester, working with Leicester Cathedral and Leicester City Council, has stated that Richard should be reinterred in Leicester where he was buried over 500 years ago.

  • The Dig for Richard III was led by the University of Leicester, working with Leicester City Council and in association with the Richard III Society.  The originator of the Search project was Philippa Langley of the Richard III Society.
  • Richard III website

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