Janys M Scott QC

Lord Braid grants declarator that closure of churches was unlawful

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Scottish Ministers’ closure of churches created a crisis of conscience for 27 church leaders. Coronavirus may be dangerous, but despite acting responsibly in the way they met for worship, the churches were still required to close their doors.

Westwater Advocates’s Janys M Scott QC succeeded in persuading the court that the law of Scotland gives constitutional protection to worship and a blanket ban on public worship is a contravention of the fundamental right to thought, conscience and religion found in article 9 of ECHR. Regulations precluding public worship were disproportionate and unlawful.

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[2021]CSOH032