Judicial Review of the closure of places of worship in Scotland
Petitioners: Scott QC; Lindsays
Respondents and First Interested Party: Mure QC, Irvine; Scottish Government Legal Directorate
Additional Party: O’Neill QC, Welsh; Balfour & Manson LLP.
The petitioners, Reverend Dr William Philip and 26 others, are ministers and church
leaders of Christian churches of various protestant denominations, including the Free
Church of Scotland (Continuing), the United Free Church of Scotland, the Baptist Church
and others. They challenge, by judicial review, the lawfulness of the enforced closure, in
January 2021, of places of worship in Scotland.