Muslim women should be allowed to wear the veil in court, top judge suggests

Judges should allow Muslim women to appear in court wearing a full-face veil, Britain’s most senior judge has suggested.

Lord Neuberger, the President of the Supreme Court, said it was crucial that courts and judges “show, and be seen to show” respect towards different customs.

He said this included having an understanding of the “different cultural and social habits” of those appearing as witnesses, defendants or jurors in cases.

His comments, in a lecture about the need for courts to be less intimidating, come at a time of uncertainty over the place of the Muslim niqab, or full face-veil, in the legal system.

In 2013 the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, said there was a need for clear guidance on the issue following controversy over the trial at London’s Blackfriars Crown Court of a Muslim woman accused of witness intimidation.

Rebekah Dawson was told that she would be forced to take off her full-face veil if she gave evidence, which she declined to do. She was later jailed for six months after changing her plea to guilty…

  • JoKeR
  • David

    Totally unacceptable

  • Dana Garcia

    Right, a richie rich Muslim gal could just hire some burqa to testify or serve on a jury. That would be a fine example of the perfect system of justice that sharia claims to be — invented by allah, doncha know.

  • Barrington Minge

    Yes, let them wear the bag as they are sent down for 20 years, no problem there.

  • Shebel

    Imagine if you were a jihadi and had just endured a painful death and Muhammed rolled out a million of these ‘Beauties’ .
    ” PIck carefully because they are yours for Eternity. All 72 of them are guaranteed to be Virgins. This is your reward”.

  • pop

    This is our society. We don’t live in Iran.

    I won’t bag these garbage bags to their face, but this is grooming people to think it’s ok.
    Respect that? Never

  • Clausewitz

    Since 80% of communication is through body language and the expressions on the face, how is this a good thing? I can usually tell when someone is lying by their facial expressions and the evasive look in their eyes. I thought we had the right to “face” our accusers?

    • JoKeR

      I think that is the point. It assists in taqqiya.

      “All animals are equal, but some are more equal that others.”

  • roccolore

    Translation: Muslim terror supporters should be allowed to wear full-face garbage bags no matter what

  • cmh

    guess which one works in the O.R.