ref date:30 Oct 1998 (SI)
Human Rights OFFICIALLY in the "UK"
The Human Rights Act becomes law in Scotland and England
in the near future. Judges will be able to interpret this
law along with the European Convention on
The new Act FINALLY makes
judges balance conflicting rights,
such as privacy and freedom of expression.
John Wadham, director of the human rights
group Liberty, said: "Judges will have to take off
their jackets and roll up their sleeves and
second-guess whether the intentions of the Home
Secretary were right in a particular decision."
Lord Irvine of Lairg has said that judges must now
analyze the "substance" and not just the letter of the
Westminster will now have to tread carefully when it appears
to be manhandling issues regarding Scottish sovereignty as the
aspirations of the Scottish people will have formidable legal backing
every time they are voiced.