EAST END ENCORES
Wilton’s Music Hall is situated in Grace’s Alley within 100 yards or so of the junction of Cable Street and Dock Street where the Mosley march was stopped and rerouted in October 1936.
At that time, Wilton’s building was a Methodist mission, known as the Mahogany Bar Mission. If any of your readers have stories of family members receiving first aid or sheltering in our building on that day, or have any other stories connected with Wilton’s during its long history as a pub, music hall, mission, rag warehouse and present-day theatre, we would be delighted to hear from them. Carole Zeidman Wilton’s Music Hall, Graces Alley, London E1 8JB
IN LAST week’s JC, Daniel Greenberg considered a private member’s bill currently before the House of Lords that seeks to address concerns emanating from reported practices of certain Sharia courts in the UK. These concerns focus on three matters: discrimination against women, and the undermining thereby of antidiscrimination legislation; the use of such courts for the resolution of matters of a criminal or family nature (for the hearing of which secular courts already exist); and “jurisdiction by coercion” — meaning that members of the UK’s Islamic communities are sometimes persuaded to submit to the jurisdiction of a Sharia tribunal through fear of religious sanctions.
The legal authority upon which Sharia courts operate is the Arbitration Act of 1996, which provides for the legally binding consensual resolution of disputes outside the secular court system.
Mr Greenberg took the opportunity provided by the tabling of the current private member’s bill to spotlight certain practices in Jewish religious courts, basing themselves upon the same Act of 1996.
He specifically drew our attention to “jurisdiction creep” — the use, or perhaps abuse — of the Act to resolve matters that are often of a criminal