Liberty welcomes veil ruling

A civil rights campaigner has welcomed a ruling by a judge that will allow a woman to appear in court wearing a full-face veil.

Credit to Judge Murphy for seeking to balance the freedom of conscience of the defendant with the effective administration of justice.

He has shown a sensitivity and clarity that can only further build confidence in our courts in Britain's diverse communities and around the world.

– Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty

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Muslim can wear veil in court

A Muslim woman will be allowed to stand trial wearing a full-face veil but must remove it while giving evidence, Judge Peter Murphy has ruled at Blackfriars Crown Court in London