Nov 062009
 
 November 6, 2009  Posted by  Court, Non-U.S., Workplace

Frances Gibb reports:

Would-be judges will no longer have to declare if they are Freemasons, the Government said yesterday.

The policy reversal was announced by Jack Straw, the Justice Secretary, after a threat of legal action forced a review. He said that it would be “disproportionate” to continue with the practice.

The United Grand Lodge of England threatened legal action in May, prompted by a European Court of Human Rights decision. The judges ruled in an Italian case in 2007 that the requirement to disclose membership was a breach of the rights to privacy and freedom of association.

Read more in the Times Online.

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