Legal Aid

Veils good, badges bad

PUBLISHED November 28, 2006

Full-face veils may be OK but not badges, it seems.

The court that ordered solicitors to remove their badges in support of the Law Society?s "What Price Justice?" campaign is standing firm. And other courts - the latest in Canterbury - are doing the same. The original instruction came at Stoke-on-Trent magistrates? court, where the local Courts Service manager said: "My advice is that it is not appropriate for these badges to be worn in the courtroom." Desmond Hudson, chief executive of the Law Society, says that the objection is "particularly surprising" as other badges and symbols have been worn by solicitors and others in court "without difficulty". Mr Hudson is asking all solicitors to report any similar problems - and to check out his campaign website.