"The (legal) Wars of the Roses Part 2"
August 17, 2013 1:12 AM Subscribe
When the remains of Richard III
were discovered beneath a car park in Leicester (previously
) there was some debate over where he should be reburied. It seemed that the question was settled by the decision of the University of Leicester to follow up the stipulation in the exhumation licence that the remains be re-buried in Leicester. However, a group of Richard III's collateral descendants were not content to let this rest, and issued an application for judicial review
of the Ministry of Justice's decision to set and abide by that restriction on the location for reburial. The first stage of that application has been successful
, with Mr Justice Haddon-Cave QC granting permission for a full judicial review (order and reasons
The judge cited the historical importance of the find and the wide interest it had generated as reasons for holding that there should have been a wider and more detailed consultation on the question of Richard III's final resting place. However, he went on to suggest that all involved should avoid an "unseemly, undignified and unedifying"
legal battle, proposing instead that an independent advisory panel should resolve the matter rather than a "(legal) Wars of the Roses Part 2"
His Lordship also noted the ironic symmetry by which the case came before him in the High Court in London, literally across the road from the spot
where Shakespeare, in Henry VI, Part 1, depicts
the Wars of the Roses
as having begun.