A judge said that if a Muslim woman refuses to take off her veil in court to give evidence she should not be allowed to testify.
The woman must also remove her niqab in front of a female police officer or other witnesses for identification purposes.
Judge Peter Murphy said the woman must be given time to reflect when asked to take off her veil and added: "If she refuses the judge should not allow her to give evidence and must give the jury a clear direction."
He also said: "No tradition or practice, whether religious or otherwise, can claim to occupy such a privileged position that the rule of law, open justice and the adversarial trial process are sacrificed to accommodate it.
"That is not a discrimination against religion, it is a matter of upholding the rule of law in a democratic society."
More top news
The government has seen off a Commons rebellion on Theresa May's flagship Brexit Bill in a last minute concession to pro-EU MPS.
Blatter is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during his 17-year reign at the governing body.
The Sinn Fein president said the party would call on the Republic of Ireland to provide services to women living in the north.