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The battle over where the remains of King Richard III should be laid to rest has ended, with judges postponing their final decision until they have considered the evidence further.
Relatives of the former monarch who make up the Plantagenet Alliance have argued that there should have been a national public consultation over where he would be reinterred.
Their counsel, Gerard Clarke, told the court that the issue was important as Richard III was the last English king to die in battle - and so should not be treated as just "any old bones".
But counsel for the government, James Eadie, said there was "no statutory or common law duty to consult".
Lady Justice Hallett, sitting with Mr Justice Ouseley and Mr Justice Haddon-Cave, said the court would take time to consider its judgment and told the parties: "We shall let you know our decision as soon as possible."
A Leicester City Council representative has told the High Court that the council has no commonlaw duty to consult about where to reinter the remains of Richard III.
He had added the council was "more than happy" with the university's burial plans, and said it was time to let his remains be reburied in what he called "the beautiful surroundings of Leicester Cathedral".
The Plantagenet Alliance Ltd, formed by the distant relatives of King Richard III, are fighting for the late monarch's remains to be buried at York Minster, claiming it was the king's wish.
They are bringing judicial review proceedings against Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, the University of Leicester - which intends to bury the remains at Leicester Cathedral - and Leicester City Council.
Their solicitor, Matthew Howarth, from law firm Gordons, said:
At the heart of the case is a Ministry of Justice decision to grant a "section 25 licence" under the Burial Act giving archaeologists from the university licence to excavate, and the university permission to decide where to re-bury the bones, which were exhumed in the city 19 months ago.
A High Court battle over the final resting place for the remains of King Richard III begins today.
After the king's remains were discovered buried under a council car park in Leicester in 2012 they were expected to be re-interred at the city's cathedral.
However, distant relatives of the monarch formed an alliance and brought the action in what has been described as "the (legal) Wars of the Roses part 2".
Mayor of Leicester Sir Peter Soulsby has welcomed the judicial review into the final resting place of King Richard III.
He says he's confident the outcome will be a 'sensible one', as the monarch's skeleton has been buried in the city for more than 500 years after his death at the Battle of Bosworth in Leicestershire.
Following the decision to allow a judicial review into the reburying of Richard III's remains at Leicester Cathedral, Leicestershire County Council issued the following statement.
The University of Leicester has issued the following list of reasons why it believes King Richard III should be reinterred at Leicester Cathedral.
- The plan for reinterment in Leicester Cathedral was clearly stated and unambiguous at the start of the project and announced in a statement on Friday 24 August 2012. This was before the dig started.
- Reinterment on the nearest consecrated ground is in keeping with good archaeological practice. Richard has lain in the shadow of St Martin’s Cathedral, Leicester, for over 500 years.
- The landowner (Leicester City Council) gave permission for the excavation of the Greyfriars site on this basis. Had the plan been to reinter Richard other than in Leicester, permission would not have been granted for the search.
The University of Leicester has issued the following statement after the successful appeal by campaigners fighting to get Richard III's remains reinterred in York instead of Leicester.
High Court judge, Mr Justice Haddon-Cave, has urged campaigners to avoid War of the Roses Part 2, after he gave a group of relatives of King Richard III permission to bring High Court proceedings to challenge Leicester reburial plans for the last Plantagenet king.
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