Human Rights Act 1998

What the Act does

The Human Rights Act incorporates provisions from the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law.

Before the Human Rights Act came into force, people had to take a case to the European Court in Strasbourg, and even then only when domestic remedies have been exhausted. The process was costly and could take several years before the case was finally decided. Since the act came into force most of the European Convention on Human Rights can be used in domestic courts, however if necessary cases can still be referred to the european court.

The Human Rights Act: