Sir Duncan Brian Walter Ouseley, styled The Hon. Mr Justice Ouseley, is a High Court judge in England and Wales, Queen's Bench Division. He is notable for involvement in many legal cases reported in the British press.
His judgments have included rejecting appeals by suspected international terrorists against indefinite detention; a view overturned in 2004, when the House of Lords ruled that it violates the Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights.
In 2002, in the case Theakston v Mirror Group Newspapers Ltd, the television presenter Jamie Theakston sought an injunction against The Sunday People claiming publication of details of his visit to a brothel infringed his right to privacy under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Refusing to impose the injunction, Ouseley ruled "It is not inherent in the nature of a brothel that all or anything that transpires within is confidential.
In February 2012, an atheist councillor and the National Secular Society took Bideford Town Council to the English High Court to challenge the saying of prayers at council meetings. Ouseley ruled that the town council was acting unlawfully, citing the Local Government Act 1972, and ordered that prayers should stop. This decision affects all councils in England and Wales. The ruling was welcomed by the British Humanist Association, but was criticised by Christians, religious groups, and bishops, who felt Christianity was being "marginalised", or was "under attack" in the UK. The Bishop of Exeter encouraged councils to ignore the High Court ruling, and Eric Pickles, the Communities and Local Government Secretary, told councils to openly defy the High Court and Ouseley's ruling as new legislation, the Localism Act 2011, allows councils to set their own agenda which would allow prayers to continue.
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- Law report, The Times 18 June 1992: "Days of increment for wife's pension"
- Lord Chancellor's Department, Judicial Statistics, England and Wales, for the year 2003 (H. M. S. O., 2004), p. 81
- Joshua Rozenberg (15 February 2002). "Why judge let prostitutes tell on Theakston". London: The Telegraph.
- Mr Justice Ouseley (14 February 2011). "Judgment (in the case between Theakston and MGN Limited)". Queen's Bench Division, High Court of Justice.
- Sign Up:. "Council Prayers Unlawful, Rules High Court". Secularism.org.uk. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
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- Rawlinson, Kevin (11 February 2012). The Independent (London) http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/christians-outraged-after-court-rulings-push-religion-to-margins-6720020.html
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- "Hear our prayer". The Daily Telegraph (London). 10 February 2012.
- Drury, Ian. "Christianity under attack: Anger as major court rulings go against British worshippers". Daily Mail (London).
- Bryant, Chris (11 February 2012). The Independent (London) http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/columnists/chris-bryant/chris-bryant-how-sanctimonious-and-uptight-do-you-have-to-be-to-object-to-these-prayers-6715347.html
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- "Bishop of Exeter urges councils to use 'prayer loophole'". The Daily Telegraph (London). 10 February 2012.
- Bingham, John (10 February 2012). "Government tells councils to carry on praying despite High Court ban". The Daily Telegraph (London).
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