British Judges Begin Their Legal Year At an Anglican Church Service

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GEO_edited-1Britain is revered for its customs and ceremony, but the long-standing tradition of British judges gathering at Westminster Abbey at the start of the new legal year is coming under fire.

The judges and their legal guests celebrate the new year every October 1 with a church service that includes prayers, hymns, anthems and psalms, with both the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice reading a lesson.

After the service a parade of wigged and gowned justices make their way across the street to attend the traditional Lord Chancellor’s breakfast at the House of Parliament.

Some applaud this service and ceremony as one of the last remaining links between church and state. Others question whether an independent judiciary in a multi-cultural, secular society should be praying before an Anglican alter, an issue that is now on the agenda of Britain’s Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling.

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The consumer’s right to a refund

Legal tips and updates by Rose Attorneys, Cape Town

Since the commencement of the Consumer Protection Act, there have been some businesses who have stubbornly resisted compliance with its provisions, for example declaring as a shop policy that no refunds or returns will be allowed under any circumstances. There have also been many consumers who have misconceived their rights under the Act, believing that they have an unfettered entitlement to return goods and insist upon a refund, for any reason or no reason at all.

There are a number of respected businesses who allow consumers to return goods purchased from them – for a full refund, with no questions asked – within a specific number of days. These businesses have such a policy because they realise that it is such an attitude to business which produces happy, loyal customers. They are under no legal obligation to accept returns and make refunds in all cases.

For example, you might buy…

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