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The first ever legal case against the approval of new schools because of religious discrimination had its first of two days in the High Court yesterday. The case, British Humanist Association and Richmond Inclusive Schools Campaign vs London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster and Secretary of State for Education, is considered of national significance because of the precedent it will set on the processes by which schools can be set up in the future, and how much those schools will be able to religiously discriminate in admissions. It is for these reasons that the Government is intervening in the case.
A successful open meeting was held last night in Richmond where speakers from the Protest the Pope Campaign outlined the reasons for protesting against honouring Pope Joseph Ratzinger with a state visit.
A judicial review of a decision to approve two state-funded, highly selective Catholic schools will be heard at the High Court on 15 and 16 November. The case, which is being brought by the British Humanist Association (BHA) and Richmond Inclusive Schools Campaign (RISC), challenges the legality of the process by which the schools were set up, outside of competition by the back door, and is the first ever challenge against new schools because of religious discrimination. In addition, the BHA and RISC are pleased to announce that the trial will definitely go ahead, after the opposing parties in the case – the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and the Secretary of State for Education – agreed to the BHA and RISC’s request for a protective costs order.
Plans for two new state-funded Catholic schools with discriminatory admissions policies have cleared a further hurdle today, after Mr Justice Sales in the High Court dismissed a judicial review of Richmond-upon-Thames council’s decision to approve them. The case had been brought jointly by the British Humanist Association (BHA) and Richmond Inclusive Schools Campaign (RISC) and the judgement will not be available for about two weeks.