Disorder in the Court: the Niqab and the Courtroom in Canada

A Toronto judge has recently ruled that a complainant in a sexual assault trial - who happens to wear the niqab, a face-covering worn by a small percentage of Muslim women - will have to uncover her face in order to testify.  According to this article, The judge, Ontario Court Justice Norris Weisman, determined he had the jurisdictional authority to make that ruling under the Canada Evidence Act, because it involves the manner in which the woman is to give testimony, the fundamental right of a … [Read more...]