Law and religion round-up – 14th March

Easing the lockdown in Scotland

On Tuesday, Nicola Sturgeon announced that communal worship may resume in Scottish places of worship from Friday 26 March, with the limit on congregations increased to 50 persons (from 20 just before lockdown). Updated guidance and Regulations were published on Friday to reflect these and other changes. This is an important clarification of the earlier announcement.

The judicial review hearing on the legality of ordering the closure of places of worship during the pandemic took place on Thursday and Friday in the Outer House before Lord Braid. According to a report in The Herald, Lord Braid said that he would hand down his written judgment within two weeks.

Easing the lockdown in England

In England, some churches have continued to hold in-person services, consistent with the current guidance, and others have announced a resumption on Palm Sunday. Continue reading