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Who can legally try a claim under the Human Rights Act 1998?

PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 3:40 pm
by Denning
A provision of Practice Direction 2B states:
Human Rights
7A A deputy High Court Judge, a Master or District Judge may not try –
(1) a case in a claim made in respect of a judicial act under the Human Rights Act 1998, or
(2) a claim for a declaration of incompatibility in accordance with section 4 of the Human Rights Act 1998.

Is there any authority as to the exact meaning of the words "may not"?

Re: Who can legally try a claim under the Human Rights Act 1

PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 3:42 pm
by Smouldering Stoat
Surely their meaning is perfectly clear.

Re: Who can legally try a claim under the Human Rights Act 1

PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 3:47 pm
by atticus
Quite clearly those categories of judge are not to try such cases. Why do you ask?

Re: Who can legally try a claim under the Human Rights Act 1

PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 4:01 pm
by Denning
Are you making the statement that in English Law: "may not" = "must not"?

Asking to have a definitive authority on the meaning "may not" within English Law.

Re: Who can legally try a claim under the Human Rights Act 1

PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 4:15 pm
by atticus
If I was making that statement I woukd make that statement.

"May not" in this case means "is not permitted to".

Re: Who can legally try a claim under the Human Rights Act 1

PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 4:17 pm
by atticus
I think there may have been a case in the Court of Common Pleas in the 1830s or 1840s.

Re: Who can legally try a claim under the Human Rights Act 1

PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 4:37 pm
by Denning
atticus wrote:"May not" in this case means "is not permitted to".

Thank you.
atticus wrote:I think there may have been a case in the Court of Common Pleas in the 1830s or 1840s.

I would appreciate if anyone here could help with the said case law or parties so that I could do some searches about it.

Re: Who can legally try a claim under the Human Rights Act 1

PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 4:42 pm
by Slartibartfast
Denning wrote:Asking to have a definitive authority on the meaning "may not" within English Law.


I think that phrase is correctly understood as "is prohibited from", in the context of English law.

Re: Who can legally try a claim under the Human Rights Act 1

PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2015 3:43 am
by Denning
Could I get some gracious examples (including case law where possible) of judicial acts under the Human Rights Act 1998?

Re: Who can legally try a claim under the Human Rights Act 1

PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2015 7:11 am
by Smouldering Stoat