In general, the defendant is free to wear the niqab during trial.
If the defendant gives evidence she must remove the niqab throughout her evidence.
The court may use its inherent powers to do what it can to alleviate any discomfort, for example by allowing the use of screens or allowing her to give evidence by live link.
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