The court directed that a female defendant was free to wear a niqaab covering her face during her trial except while giving evidence and could not give evidence while wearing a niqaab. D had a qualified right to manifest her religion or belief pursuant to the European Convention on Human Rights 1950 art.9 and the court was entitled to place some restriction on that right since the unrestrained exercise of it would interfere to an unacceptable extent with the court's ability to conduct a trial which was fair to all parties.

CC (Judge Peter Murphy)

16/09/2013

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