Landmark case – man gives religious divorce to avoid criminal trial


On 13th January 2020, Anthony Metzer QC and Adam Gersch acted in a private prosecution involving a man set to appear for trial before a Judge and jury at a North London Crown Court for an offence of ‘Controlling and Coercive Behaviour’ based on his refusal to give a religious divorce (“Get”) to his ex-wife.

Mr Metzer informed the Court that following the threat of a criminal trial, the man had now provided the religious divorce certificate and the prosecution would no longer be pursuing the matter in the public interest, despite there remaining a good evidential basis for the prosecution.

The case has wide implications within the orthodox Jewish community, and potentially for other religious communities.

The case is reported here.

Related barristers: Adam Gersch, Anthony Metzer QC


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