The High Court has granted permission for a judicial review of Walsall Council’s cemeteries policy, deeming it a matter of public interest.
The Claimant’s late father is buried in the lawn area of Streetly Cemetery, which is reserved for Muslim burials. The Council’s policy prohibits edging around graves in that area. The Claimant argues that appropriate edging is a religious requirement (to prevent people from stepping on graves) and that the ban is in breach of the right to freedom of religion under Article 9 ECHR and contrary to the Equality Act 2010.
Nikolaus Grubeck is acting for the Claimant.
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