| GEO World|
| Five Shariat courts set up in UK|
| Updated at: 1615 PST, Monday, September 15, 2008|
London: Five Shariat courts in Britain now have official powers to rule on Muslim civil cases, according to a report.
The rulings made by the five courts in London, Birmingham, Bradford, Manchester and Nuneaton in Warwickshire are enforceable with the full power of the judicial system, through the county courts or high court, according to a British daily.
The issues that the “official” Shariat courts can rule on range from financial rows to divorce and domestic violence. Two more Shariat courts will be started in Edin burgh and Glasgow son, the report said.
Till now, the rulings of Shariat courts in Britain could not be enforced and depended on voluntary compliance among Muslims.
The Shariat courts are run by Muslim Arbitration Tribunal, which was set up in 2007 to provide a viable alternative for the Muslim community seeking to resolve disputes in accordance with Islamic law